Will Another Part of My Childhood Disappear?
We've been hearing Rumblings for a couple of months now that Toys R Us might be going out of business. When Macy's and Sears both left the Oakdale Mall, I blogged about how I would rather go to a store to buy something than to order something online. Now, there are certain times where I will shop online, but most of the time I want to see and touch what I am buying.
I remember as a kid when December rolled around, watching TV and seeing the Toys R Us commercials, with Jeffrey driving his convertible and the Toys R Us jingle being played in the background. I would stare at the TV to see what new toys were available for Christmas. Seeing those commercials made me even more excited for Christmas Day. Even years later when they changed their jingle to that song that says 'I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid', I was already to the age where I wasn't asking for toys for Christmas, but the jingle reminded me of being a kid anyway.
I've been to the Toys R Us in Johnson City a bunch of times to buy gifts for my nieces and nephews as well as board games to play for 'Game Night'. Even as an adult, I would walk around the store and look at the toys and think to myself; 'why weren't these toys around when I was a kid? For many years, the company I used to work for, used to hold fundraisers to raise money to buy presents for underprivileged kids in the Binghamton area. For many years, Toys R Us would give us a discount when we were buying the toys at the Johnson City store, which in turn helped us to buy more toys for more kids. The staff was very helpful as well. A lot of times they would take one of the lists and go through the store gathering the toys that the underprivileged kids asked for.