A Filipino woman is getting some help from Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds in finding a stolen teddy bear. Reynolds read about the story on CBC and offered a CAD$5,000 cash reward for the return of the teddy bear.
UPDATE: CTV News has reported that Soriano has beeb reunited with her stolen teddy bear, less than a week after her backpack was taken.
“I’m not gonna lie I kind of buckled. As soon as I saw (him) pull her out of the bag my knees just buckled,” Soriano told CTV News over Skype. “I just started sobbing and I grabbed her out of his hands and I couldn’t let her go.”
The Build-A-Bear toy had a special voice message from Soriano’s mother, who recently passed away from cancer.
Her mother gave the bear to Soriano as a gift in 2017, and it serves as one of her fondest memories of her.
The two individuals who returned the bear told Soriano that they recognized the person who was seen in security footage, and had arranged to meet with her to return the teddy bear.
Soriano’s teddy bear was in a backpack that was taken from her while she was moving into her new apartment. She’s very happy that it’s been returned to her.
“It’s hard to let it go. I’m going to sleep with her tonight. I’m going to show her the new apartment, it’s just been the wildest three hours,” she told CTV News. “It literally just happened, and I still can’t believe it.”
FILIPINO WOMAN’S BACKPACK STOLEN DURING MOVE
Mara Soriano, a Filipino storyboard artist from Vancouver, British Columbia, had lost her backpack after dropping it in an alleyway. She had just received distressing news over the phone about a friend who was involved in a car accident. She put her backpack down to take the call and when she returned for it, it was gone.
“Ive been kicking myself so hard for letting my guard down for even a moment,” Soriano said during an interview with CTV News. “I panicked, I didn’t know the severity of his situation and dropped everything to get him.”
The black Herschel backpack contained Soriano’s immigration documents, including her passport as well as some electronics.
Soriano said that nothing was as important to her than the teddy bear that was also inside the backpack.
The special edition teddy bear, from Build-A-Bear Workshop had a special voice recording from her recently deceased mother.
Soriano’s mother had just passed away from cancer last June, and had made a voice recording which was saved on the teddy bear.
Soriano told the CBC about her mother’s last voice message, “She said that she loved me and she was proud of me and that she’ll always be with me.”
The teddy bear has light brown fur, wearing a white dress with a red fruit pattern with red trim under a white jacket. The teddy bear is also wearing black glasses.
RYAN REYNOLDS OFFERS REWARD FOR FINDING STOLEN TEDDY BEAR
Reynolds came across the story and shared it with his over 16 million followers on Twitter, offering a CAD$5,000 reward for its return.
Fellow Canadians, including talk show host George Strombolopulus and director Rawson Thruber each offered CAD$5,000 to bring the reward to CAD$15,000.00.
Other Canadian actors, including Schitt’s Creek‘s Dan Levy and Zach Braff lent their voices in support to the search for the stolen teddy bear.
In CCTV footage shared by local businesses, a male suspect is seen taking Soriano’s backpack.
Any information can be shared with Vancouver Police by calling (604) 717-3321 or emailing Soriano directly at [email protected]
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