When Toys R Us closed its doors last month, it marked an end to an era. Just about everyone was a Toys R Us kid, and as the jingle goes, no one wanted to grow up. Due to a myriad of financial problems in recent years, however, we were all forced to. The website Toysrus.com is still active and even posted a message to its loyal customers, urging them to “Play on!”
For most people born after the moon landing, the message the company posted was bittersweet:
“Thanks to each of you who shared your amazing journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who’s built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something gooey. Promise us just this one thing: Don’t ever grow up. Play on!”
There was still one big looming question that remained: What would happen with Geoffrey the Giraffe, the lovable face of the company for more than 50 years? The 16-foot tall, 550-pound fiberglass statue of Geoffrey that was once located at the Toys ‘R’ Us headquarters in Wayne, NJ has moved 44 miles south to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
But what about the mascot himself? The San Antonio Zoo has an idea: Let Geoffrey the Giraffe move to the Lone Star State and become an ambassador for giraffe conservation.
Head to the next page to see the San Antonio Zoo’s plea for Geoffrey!