A woman in B.C. named Mara Soriano was devastated when a teddy bear that had the last recording of her mothers voice built into it was stolen while she was moving apartments in Vancouver’s West End last Friday. The custom Build-A-Bear, which she named Mama Bear, was lost as she and her fiancé were unloading their U-Haul van at her new apartment.
A friend had called to say he’d been hit by a van while biking over to help with the move, and Soriano immediately set down her bag — with the bear inside — to go and help. Within minutes the bag, and the bear, were gone.
Mara said her mother, Marilyn Soriano, recorded the bear’s message for her shortly before going into a hospice. She died in June 2019 at the age of 53. “At hospice, her voice was different. Much softer. Not the mom I grew up with,” she said. “That bear is the last memory I have of her speaking in her normal voice. “She said that she loved me and she was proud of me and that she’ll always be with me.”
Security footage from the building showed a man walking up to the black bag, picking it up and walking away. Thus began the hunt – Thousands of people on social media shared a photo of the bear after it disappeared, hoping it could be found.
Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds offered a $5,000 reward on Twitter, “no questions asked,” to the person who returned the toy.
TV host George Stroumboulopoulos, said he would match the amount.
After a four-day disappearance that caught the attention of locals, celebrities and international media craving a happy ending, the teddy bear has been safely returned to its owner.
Although Mara said the men who returned the bear told her they found it in Vancouver’s Strathcona Park, there’s more to that and you can find it in your Good News Story of the Day, here. She did also say that the men don’t want to be identified publicly, and she isn’t concerned with an explanation.
Having watched this story from the weekend you may also have been praying for a happy ending. It’s wonderful to know that those can still happen even in what seem like the most trying times.
Story and Image from CBC.