Action star Ryan Reynolds used his platform over the weekend to help a woman from Vancouver who lost a beloved teddy bear.
Reynolds became aware of 28-year-old Mara Soriano’s stolen bear when a Canadian reporter shared the story on Twitter.
If you see this missing bear in the west end please email [email protected]— Deborah Goble (@CBCDeborahGoble) July 25, 2020
It was in a herschel back pack when stolen along with an iPad.
Mara, the owner says it has her mom’s voice inside saying, ‘I love you I’m proud of you, I’ll always be with you. Her mom died last year pic.twitter.com/ipfrzqKXsf
Goble’s post said the bear meant so much to its owner because the stuffed animal contained a recording of Soriano’s mother telling her, “I love you. I’m proud of you. I’ll always be with you.”
Soriano’s mother, Marilyn, gave her daughter the bear shortly before she passed last year after losing a battle with cancer.
Nice guy Reynolds not only retweeted Goble’s call for Vancouver to be on the lookout for the bear to his 16.2 million followers, he incentivized the search—offering a $5,000 reward and no questions asked upon the safe return of Soriano’s precious gift from mom.
Vancouver: $5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara. Zero questions asked. I think we all need this bear to come home. https://t.co/L4teoxoY50— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 25, 2020
Soriano’s backpack containing the bear was stolen from the cab of a U-haul truck while she and her fiance were moving.
Soriano is anxious to find the bear. She told CNN, “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.”
“I hugged it every time I missed her.”
Now that Reynolds is on the case it’s hopefully only a matter of time before the bear is found.
Reynolds’ tweet was amplified by other stars who responded with support for operation Find Mamabear Vancouver.
Here’s one from Scrubs star Zach Braff:
I NEED THIS BEAR TO COME HOME!!!!!! https://t.co/UGHlJJPOwE— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 26, 2020
Dan Levy, star and creator of Schitts Creek, also tweeted at his fanbase:
Canada, please help find this bear. https://t.co/yCGoGrEDr6— dan levy (@danjlevy) July 26, 2020
Soriano has posted flyers around the Vancouver metro area. If you have any information about the bear’s whereabouts contact the Vancouver police at 604-717-3321.
Any help appreciated pic.twitter.com/infn9Gyi2K— mara soriano | FIND MAMABEAR VANCOUVER (@drawmaradraw) July 26, 2020
According to CNN, Soriano says she’s received some leads, but as of Sunday, the bear is still missing.