From movie action star to real-life superhero: actor Ryan Reynolds recently helped a woman find her beloved teddy bear! Along the way, he even offered a $5,000 reward to whoever could bring the bear back to its rightful owner. Read on to discover one of the most heartfelt stories of 2020…
Mara Soriano, a 20-year-old woman living in Vancouver, felt her entire world change earlier this month. As she unloaded a van in the city with her finance, someone stole Soriano’s black backpack. Inside was not her passport, an iPad, and a Nintendo Switch gaming console, but also her beloved stuffed animal. You see, this particular teddy bear had very significant meaning to Soriano.
Why? Well, the teddy bear is a custom-made reminder of Soriano’s mother, who died last year at the age of 53, due to cancer. These days, the stuffed animal acts as a constant reminder of her mother’s spirit. Not only that, but an audio record of Soriano’s mother’s voice existed as a voicebox in the bear! “I love you, I’m proud of you, I’ll always be with you,” her mother says in the recording. As you might imagine, the young woman listened to the message whenever she felt down. So Soriano needed to find the bear as soon as possible!
Ryan Reynolds To The Rescue
As many of us would, Soriano took to social media, spreading the picture of the bear above far and wide. In fact, it became so viral and spread so far that it popped up on the radar of none of than 43-year-old actor Ryan Reynolds! After starring in everything from Deadpool to The Proposal, the actor has amassed quite the following, with more than 16 million followers on Twitter alone. So, he decided to use his celebrity powers for good!
“Vancouver: $5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara. Zero questions asked. I think we all need this bear to come home,” Reynolds posted to Twitter. Of course, in addition to massive follower count, various news agencies picked up on the story, spreading it even further. Soon enough, Soriano received an email from a couple of good Samaritans who wanted to give her the bear. But no one knew if they were the real deal, or a hoax to earn the promised $5,000…
The world waited on bated breath while Soriano picked up the bear. Just a few hours later, though, she excitedly shared the news with Reynolds that the bear was, in fact, the lost stuffed animal! The actor followed her announcement with a post letting his followers know the wonderful news. “In happier news… thank you everyone who searched high and low. To the person who took the bear, thanks for keeping it safe. Vancouver is awesome. #FoundMarasBear,” Reynolds wrote.
“NOT A SINGLE SCRATCH ON HER! Two kind samaritans returned her to us in a safe space, voice is there, just no glasses!!” Soriano also wrote on Twitter, along with the photo above. Now, the young woman has this wonderful, physical memory of her mother back in her arms, where it belongs. And all thanks to real-life superhero Ryan Reynolds!