‘Transplant for Toys’ debuts in Japan, boosts awareness on organ donorship


Second Life Toys, a Japanese charitable organization, is experimenting a unique way to raise awareness about organ donorship, a health issue affecting Japanese patients for years.

As a result, the organization inaugurated a “Transplant for Toys” initiative – damaged stuffed toys with missing body parts will be supplied with parts from other stuffed toy donations.

For instance, a preloved stuffed animal who lost a leg can have a replacement from another stuffed animal with a long tail or a spare leg. The ‘donor’ plushie will breathe new life and hope to the ‘recipient’ plushie who has now complete body parts. In this way, both toys are ‘alive’ again.

As a delightful ‘thank you’ treat, the owner of the ‘recipient’ stuffed toy would write the donor a letter as a way of gratitude. Continue reading

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