This is unbelievably sweet:
Toby the teddy bear isn’t just any old stuffed animal to Brooklyn Andrews.
He’s a cherished link to a father who died far too young.
“She’s slept with it every night since she got it when she was 3 years old,” says her mother, Marsha Andrews, 48, of Chunchula, Ala.
It even has a special message in it recorded from her father, Tony Andrews, a police officer who died of a heart attack on duty in 2006.
“She presses the button every night before she goes to bed and listens to her daddy,” says Marsha.
So when the 14-year-old girl lost him on a visit to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa last month, she was devastated.
After we got home “we were unpacking,” says Marsha. “And Brooklyn said, ‘Where’s Toby?’ She was freaking out.”
She looked everywhere, called the resort, and the bear was nowhere to be found. Finally, she went to social media, explaining her plight… and asking people to pray that they could find that beloved bear.
Miraculously, this made its way to a Disney employee, who decided to go on a search:
“We went out to the building where the family had stayed. A housekeeper had found [Toby] and turned him in to a satellite office. We touched the paw and heard the message, and knew this was definitely the bear,” said Sonya.
The employees took the bear on a fun-filled tour of the resort, snapping picture of the bear’s adventures before sending him home to Brooklyn:
What an amazing story of people working together to honor the legacy of this dad and to help a family in duress.
Makes you want to go to Disney!