I stopped by our local thrift store
To make a small donation.
To pass along some nick nacks
I had found, while on vacation.
After dropping off a cardboard box
Some books, a vase and dvd’s,
I looked outside my window
And there before me, I could see
A dumpster filled with Teddy Bears,
Stuffed puppies, kittens and more.
I couldn’t help but gasp, as I realized
Just what this dumpster was for.
Their faces badly scratched and torn.
I looked on in disbelief.
I found myself so outraged
That I cried aloud, “Good Grief”!
No children to appeal to,
No rescues, no negotiations.
No one seemed to even notice.
Their cries of pain and indignation.
Now, I realize what can happen,
When you toss your furry friends aside.
If your mom does not hang on to them,
They might make their way inside.
Inside a dirty, smelly dumpster.
It hurts to see them there.
Forgotten, dumped and tattered,
No one to hug, to love or care.
I know, they’re just stuffed animals
But, they’re more than just a toy.
They can offer tender comfort
To a lonely girl or boy.
So, keep in mind the heartbreak,
When your childhood treasures are all gone.
Don’t let them, end up in a dumpster,
Where they surely don’t belong.