Organ donation is still an uncomfortable subject for many, and because of this, not enough people get the transplants they need. Second Life Toys is trying to make organ donation part of the national conversation in one country with its toy donor transplant program.
Second Life Toys matches loved but broken toys in Japan with toys that other children no longer need. It uses parts from the unwanted toys (the donors) to fix the loved toys (the recipients) and returns the fixed recipients to their owners.
A giraffe with a torn foot might get a transplant from a pink monster. An elephant’s broken trunk might be replaced with a striped squirrel tail. The results are cute and unique toys that help make the concept of organ donation normal.
When a child receives her mended toy, she sends a photo and thank you note to the donor child.
Whether you’re a donor or you have a toy in need, the first step is to send Second Life an email. If they decide the toy is suitable, they’ll have you post it, and they’ll return the recipient toys as they’re fixed. Donors and recipients cover shipping.