What better way to spread awareness, compassion and understanding about organ transplants than to make an example out of kids' favorite toys? Second Life Toys is an organization based out of Japan doing just that.
The organization has kicked off a new campaign called "transplant for toys" that includes repairing kids' favorite broken plush toys by giving them transplants from 'donor' stuffed toys around the world. The results are pretty awesome and a bit hilarious, as they tend not to match up like-animals.
You can donate your old and unwanted toys to the organization to become part of the cycle. In exchange of your donation, you'll receive a letter from the stuffed toy that received a transplant from your toy, thanking you for improving its life.
Organ transplants receive very little media attention, especially in Japan, which is what makes this campaign so significantly important.
For every 14,000 people waiting for a new organ in Japan, only about 300 will receive the organ that they need.
The problem is prevalent in America too, where a new person is added to the nation's organ transplant list every 10 minutes, and 22 people die every day because they don't get the organ they need in time.