A special teddy bear is going viral after it “talked” to a little girl, and now there is a mission to help the stuffed animal makes its way back to its original owner.
Amanda Fields, from Princes Lakes, Indiana, told WRTV that the bear was among three bears in a box that her daughter got from a neighbor who was having a garage sale. The neighbor said the bear came from a Goodwill store.
Fields said her daughter had the bear for a couple of hours before she realized it had a “button” inside that contained a recorded message.
But it wasn’t just any message — it was a message filled with love.
“Merry Christmas from Afghanistan. Daddy misses you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you soon, I love you,” the voice said.
Fields said the bear’s message resonated with her because her husband is a Marine and is back home from his fourth deployment.
“It broke my heart,” she told WRTV. “We just know how hard it is.”
“Just hearing those few seconds of ‘Hi,’ ‘I’m OK’ or ‘I love you I miss you I’ll see you soon,’ those are just powerful words when he’s gone,” she added.
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Fields posted about the bear to her Facebook page, where it received 14,000 shares.
“As a military family, we know how hard it is for Dad to be away. We hold on to every single word, message and gift during his deployments. These sentiments and the sound of Daddy’s voice may be the one thing getting a child through their father’s deployment,” she said.
While only a tiny percentage of American families have loved ones actively serving in the armed forces, everyone should be able to understand the pain that the separation of deployment can mean — and the joy that reunion can bring with it.
WRTV asked that anyone who might have an idea where the bear came from to message Fields at the Facebook post. But already, it It looks like some of that sharing might have paid off. Fields posted an update that said she might have a lead on who owns the bear from a family in California.
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