Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, who is keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic by helping people out, is offering a CAD$5,000.00 reward for the return of a Filipino woman’s stolen teddy bear.
The Hollywood A-lister, who has played superheroes like the Green Lantern and Deadpool read about Mara Soriano, a Filipino woman living in Vancouver whose backpack was stolen.
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
Soriano, who is a Vancouver-based storyboard artist, was in the middle of unloading her moving van when she put her backpack down in an alley behind a Shopper’s Drugmart to take a phone call. A friend had been involved in a car accident.
“I’ve been kicking myself so hard for letting my guard down for even a moment,” Soriano told CTV News. “I panicked, I didn’t know the severity of his situation and dropped everything to get him.”
Soriano’s Herchsel backpack had important documents such as her passport and some electronics, including an iPad and a Nintendo Switch.
The most important thing in Soriano’s backpack, however, was a teddy bear that had a voice recording of her mother, who had passed away from cancer last June.
During her mother’s final days, Soriano recorded a voice message using a Build-A-Bear.
The special edition teddy bear has glasses, and is wearing a white dress with a red fruit pattern and a white jacket.
“She said that she loved me and she was proud of me and that she’ll always be with me,” Soriano told the CBC.
RYAN REYNOLDS OFFERS CASH TO FIND STOLEN TEDDY BEAR
Reynolds, who is known to be very active on the internet, took to Twitter to offer the reward.
Reynolds’ gesture encouraged his fellow Canadians, including talk show host George Tromboluplus and director Rawson Thurber to add another CAD$10,000.00 to the reward.
Other Canadian celebrities, including Schitt’s Creek‘s Dan Levy and Zach Braff also took to social media to support efforts in returning the teddy bear to Soriano.
A male suspect is seen on CCTV video taking Soriano’s backpack.
If you have any information about Soriano’s teddy bear, you can contact the Vancouver Police at (604) 717-3321, or email Soriano at email@example.com
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