I've been spring cleaning my house for what seems like forever. Will I ever be done? Probably not! lol As I had mentioned before I gathered a lot of kids toys to take to good will. I finally got around to bringing it over there today and was very disappointed with the whole exchange. I was carrying the bags in and the dude working there noticed that there were toys inside. He told me that they can't accept toys anymore because of the new lead laws that came into effect in February! I knew this would be happening, but I guess I thought that it was such a ridiculous law that it would have been changed or over turned. I feel so sad, and a little mad too! When did it become the governments place to make laws governing the sale of used toys? Why can't we as parents make the decisions that are right for our children? Why couldn't they make a law that made it mandatory to inform parents that there could be a possibility of lead contamination and then let us decide whether we wanted to take that risk when buying used or hand made items. I can not believe that good will can not take toy donations. What does this mean for low income families that have kids and can't afford to buy them brand new toys? What does this mean for me and my family as we outgrow toys through the years? The dude at good will told me that they had to throw away kids bikes because of the new laws, and he didn't understand what kid would be gnawing on their bike! What a wasteful, wasteful law this is turning out to be. It all reminds me of that old christmas movie where Burgermeister Meisterburger outlawed toys in Sombertown. I know that all toys are not outlawed, but this law is going to have a huge impact on our culture. *sigh*
I'm going to list my bag of toys on craigslist for free. Hopefully someone will come pick them up because I don't have room for them, and I do NOT want to throw them away!!