Ryan Reynolds has made a career out of playing super heroes in the movies. Now, he’s attempting to be one in real life.
Reynolds has joined the search for a cherished teddy bear stolen from a woman from his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, by offering a $5000 reward to anyone with information on the bear’s whereabouts.
Reynolds began his branch of the search by tweeting the woman’s story out to his more than 16 million followers with a “no questions asked” plea for help.
Vancouver: $5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara. Zero questions asked. I think we all need this bear to come home. https://t.co/L4teoxoY50
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 25, 2020
The woman, 28-year-old Mara Soriano, is desperate to find the stolen stuffed animal because it contains a recording of her mother, who passed away from cancer in June 2019, telling her:
“I love you, I’m proud of you, I’ll always be with you.”
The bear was stolen along with a backpack of Soriano’s while she and her fiancé were moving apartments on Friday, according to Canada’s CBC News.
And it wasn’t just the bear that was lost. The backpack also contained the kind of items that would put most of us in a cold panic if we lost them: blank checks, Soriano’s citizenship card, her and her fiancé’s passports and their insurance cards. To make matters worse, the bag also contained an iPad and a Nintendo Switch.
But despite all those important and expensive goods, it’s the teddy bear Soriano is most desperate to reclaim: her mother gave it to her shortly before she went into hospice care.
Speaking to CBC, Soriano said:
“At hospice her voice was different. Much softer. Not the mom I grew up with. That bear is the last memory I have of her speaking in her normal voice.”
“It just makes me feel devastated. I’m absolutely crushed.”
On Twitter, people were deeply touched by Mara’s story and Reynolds’s offer.
Thank you, Ryan, you are a national treasure 🇨🇦 As a momma, hope Mara’s bear is returned to her, she’s got a lot of momma bears sending her light and love ❤️
— Ashlyn (@elkandjackfish) July 25, 2020
Ryan Reynolds you are a very nice man.
— Deborah Goble (@CBCDeborahGoble) July 25, 2020
This is so wonderful and kind 😭
— Jamie Lee Finch (@jamieleefinch) July 26, 2020
I live near Vancouver and I *need* this story to have a happy ending.
— Carly 💅 (@carlymbutton) July 26, 2020
Lost my mom to cancer but still have saved voicemails so I can hear her voice. This would mean the world to Mara. (I don’t know you, but good luck Mara)
— James Foster (@Not2religious) July 25, 2020
Please post when this bear is found. I need to know she found her way home. Thank you.
— Cathi (@Cathiquilts) July 26, 2020
Oh please return this. That is priceless. Trust me. Today is my late mom’s birthday. What I wouldn’t give to hear her voice.
— Black Lives Matter Biden 2020 (@bobbywesson) July 25, 2020
And several people even offered to throw in more money and up Reynolds’s reward amount.
Your amazing we are up to $10500 now!!
— Graeme Fortlage (@Hoodedarche0) July 26, 2020
Please Return it. Another 1000 from me
— Miguel A Nunez Jr (@MiguelANunezJr) July 27, 2020
I’m with this guy👆🏻I’ll pitch 100$ myself for it’s safe return
— Brian Reed (@2bad2cu2) July 26, 2020
Hopefully with all this attention, Mara and her bear will be reunited in no time.
If anyone can do it, it’s Deadpool!