Ryan Reynolds, other celebs help Vancouver woman trying to recover stolen teddy bear containing her dying mother’s last words
Ryan Reynolds, Zach Braff and other celebrities are stepping up to help a bereaved Vancouver woman retrieve a stolen teddy bear.
The beloved Build-a-Bear features the woman’s late mother intoning, “I love you. I’m proud of you, I’ll always be with you.”
“Vancouver: $5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara. Zero questions asked,” Reynolds tweeted. “I think we all need this bear to come home.”
Canadian media personality George Stroumboulopoulos promptly seconded that, tweeting, “I’ll add 5G to that.”
Mara Soriano, 28, lost her 53-year-old mom last year to cancer. Before her mother went into hospice, she recorded the words that give her daughter immense comfort. And it was the last time she sounded like that.
“At hospice her voice was different. Much softer. Not the mom I grew up with,” Soriano told CBC News. “That bear is the last memory I have of her speaking in her normal voice.”
And the message helps Soriano cope.
“It was so important to me because she had a recording on it that was specifically just for me that said she loved me, she was proud of me, and she’ll always be with me,” Soriano told CNN. “I hugged it every time I missed her.”
A book of blank checks, her citizenship card, passports for her and her fiancé, and other documents, in addition to an iPad and Nintendo Switch, were also in the bag, CBC News said.
Vancouver police are also involved.
“Has anyone seen this bear?” Vancouver police tweeted with a photo, and asking anyone with information to call.
The bear in question was in a Herschel backpack that Soriano dropped on the ground in front of her U-Haul while moving, upon receiving a call that a friend who was en route to help her move had been hit by a car, according to Global News Canada.
She rushed to drive the friend to the hospital, her boyfriend finished unloading the van — from the back — and the bag was gone. Subsequent security footage showed it being nabbed.
“In the five minutes that I put it down and he had unloaded the U-haul, this person had taken the bag,” she told Global News.
Soriano doesn’t care about the passports, citizen cards and other valuables that were inside. They are replaceable. But her mother’s living voice isn’t.
She has been posting snippets of security video, following the alleged thief’s route through the city, on her Twitter feed.
“It just makes me feel devastated,” Soriano told CBC News. “I’m absolutely crushed.”