Ryan Reynolds Offering $5,000 to Anyone Who Can Return Irreplaceable Teddy Bear


Ryan Reynolds is attempting to save the day of a total stranger by trying to return an irreplaceable teddy bear to its owner.

Reynolds took to Twitter with the news, stating, "$5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara." The tweet references a teddy bear that was stolen along with a Herschel backpack from Mara Soriano of Vancouver.

The bear isn't just any toy, though. It holds an audio recording of Mara's mom's voice saying, "I love you. I'm proud of you. I'll always be with you." Mara's mother passed away last year.

According to CBC, the bag was stolen while Soriano was busy moving. She had left the bag unattended for just a few minutes before it was snatched. It contained her iPad, her Nintendo Switch, important documents, and, most importantly, the special teddy bear from her mother.

Soriano reached out to the building concierge to check the security footage.

"Lo and behold on the security footage, this guy was seen looking around, making sure nobody was looking first," she explained. "And he just took the bag and ran."

"It just makes me feel devastated," Soriano shared with CBC. "I'm absolutely crushed."

Soriano's mother had created the Build-a-Bear teddy before going on hospice last year. "At hospice her voice was different. Much softer. Not the mom I grew up with," Soriano explained. "That bear is the last memory I have of her speaking in her normal voice."

Additionally, the bear is a reminder of home for Soriano, who was born in the Philippines and moved to Toronto when she was 9 years old.

"Zero questions asked," Reynolds continued in the tweet. "I think we all need this bear to come home."

CBC journalist Deborah Goble tweeted about the incident which was later retweeted by Reynolds in an attempt to help elevate the search for the bear.

Soriano's mother died of cancer in June 2019 at the age of 53.

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