Military members sacrifice so much when they’re away from home, and having a way to connect with their kids is so important.
A few years ago, one company called Bday Bears provided active duty military members with teddy bears so they could record a message to their loved ones. A man stationed overseas in Afghanistan recorded the following message for his daughter: “Merry Christmas from Afghanistan. Daddy misses you and misses you. I want to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I’ll see you soon and I love you.”
That’s the message that Amanda Fields heard when her dog stepped on a teddy bear her daughter Amaya was given by a neighbor. Immediately, she knew the bear was special and that she had to find its owner.
Fields, who lives in Indiana, reached out to Bday Bears, but they said there was no way to track the bear. That’s when she took to Facebook and social media to find the bear’s owner.
Paige Holguin, who was all the way in California, immediately recognized her brother’s voice. He had given the bear to his daughter, who is now 16 years old. Tragically, he suffered from PTSD and took his own life. They are working to return the bear to his daughter, who will now have a piece of her father’s memory.