A little girl lost her beloved teddy bear that contained a recorded “Merry Christmas” message from her fallen soldier father. Military wife Amanda Fields found the teddy bear at a yard sale in Columbus, Ohio. After listening to the message, she made it her mission to find the rightful owner and return the stuffed toy.
… The full message recorded by the deceased soldier is: “Merry Christmas from Afghanistan. Daddy misses you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you soon, I love you.” Amanda shared a video of the teddy bear with the message playing on Facebook as part of her quest to find the child it belonged to and return the bear. Paige Holguin was sitting at her office desk in Los Angeles when she just happened to catch a story about the missing teddy bear on the news. Immediately, she recognized the sound of her late brother’s voice. He had sent his daughter the teddy bear while on a tour-of-duty in Afghanistan eight years ago.
… Although the soldier survived combat, he battled PTSD upon his return to American soil. The teddy bear was lost after Holguin’s brother was evicted from his apartment. The soldier was not able to overcome the PTSD and ultimately took his own life. Amanda has connected with Paige Holguin and is preparing to return the teddy bear to its now-16-year-old owner.
These media stories ran just days ago and helped reunite the bear and its owner!
When the late soldier's sister heard the news story...she realized immediately it was her brother. The teddy is in Indianapolis and she is in California...but the bear is now at home where he belongs.