|HOPE FOR JAPAN Beanie Babies to support Japanese Relief Effort|
You can help the relief effort in Japan by pre-ordering these exclusive HOPE FOR JAPAN and I LOVE JAPAN Beanie Babies.
Ty, best known for its Beanie Babies, collaborated with its licensing partner Sanrio, maker of Hello Kitty to help the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Ty will make a donation of $1 million to the American Red Cross on behalf of this exclusive Hello Kitty Beanie Baby as reported by Business Wire. The company will also contribute $1 million to Save the Children Foundation on behalf of the HOPE FOR JAPAN Beanie Boo.
Hello Kitty® I LOVE JAPAN Beanie Baby® 8" Nurse. You can pre-order here for $4.99.
HOPE FOR JAPAN Beanie Baby® Boo 6": You can pre-order here for $4.99.
The Beanie Babies will ship in June.
As reported by Child Mode, Ty has already donated $1 million to the relief efforts, and Sanrio had a "Day of Donation" where 100% of their on-line proceeds went to Japan.
The founder of Ty, Ty Warner, said, according to Shopping Blog, "After hearing about the devastation that occurred in Japan recently with the country having to cope with earthquake, tsunami, fires and radiation aftermath, I felt the need to somehow help. As manufacturers of Hello Kitty plush toys, I felt it would be both a symbolic and heart-felt expression to support Japan by making this very special Hello Kitty Beanie Baby toy."
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Photo credit of 2 Beanie Babies: with thanks to Child Mode