Old Joe’s Toy Bin
Posted by Old Joe on December 5th, 2008
Well, Christmas time is coming ’round again. I can always tell. I makes my way through the streets and looks into the bins at the posher houses. (All part of me trade, you see.) This time of the year, of course, I finds discarded toys in the bins. People making room for the new things the little ones will be getting for Christmas I suppose. Ooo, I finds some lovely things. Just yesterday a found a little doll, very nice, and a stuffed bear. The bear was a bit rough-used, but I can patch it up. That’s what I do.
Naturally, most of the things I finds and patches up I sells in my shop in Goodman’s Yard, but the playthings and the like I finds around Christmas, I patches up and gives to the children, quiet-like, so’s they don’t know who done it, you see. They think it’s Father Christmas.
So I asks you, if you has a toy that you’ve no longer a need of, put it in the bin. Try to leave it at the top so it don’t get all mucked up, if you’d be so kind. You’ll be doing me a kindness, and I’ll be grateful. And don’t go noising it about that I do this sort of thing. I’ve a reputation to uphold in the community. People finds out I give things away gratis and they’ll be hounding me to my grave.
Posted by Old Joe, played by John O’Creagh in the McCarter Theatre production of A Christmas Carol.