Ryan Reynolds Offers $5K Reward For Stolen Teddy Bear That Had Woman’s Late Mother’s Voice Recorded On It

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.

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.

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:

Dan Levy, star and creator of Schitts Creek, also tweeted at his fanbase:

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.

According to CNN, Soriano says she’s received some leads, but as of Sunday, the bear is still missing.

Susan LaMarca

Written by Susan LaMarca