Oh the power of social media.
A little boy was reunited with his beloved teddy bear after dropping him while watching the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Lacombe on Tuesday.
It’s the kind of story that tugs at your heartstrings.
Dave Megee thought his son Matthew’s bear was gone for good when he noticed the furry stuffed animal was not with his son when they returned home.
Megee, who works at CP Rail, went back to the tracks the next day but had no luck finding the beloved toy.
Megee said his son has had the bear since he was a baby and it went everywhere with the family.
“He was really upset and cried for an hour,” said Megee. “We had some milk and cookies and watched cartoons.”
Megee said the odds of finding the beloved toy were next to none.
But a little Christmas magic was on their side as friends called to say the bear was no longer MIA on Wednesday.
In fact the teddy bear was found hanging out with the staff at Sunny FM in Lacombe.
A radio listener had found the teddy bear and brought it into the station about 9 a.m.
“I orginally told my son the train people found the bear and it’s on Canada wide train trip with the holiday train,” said Megee. “He was smiling from ear to ear when I told him.”
Gabby Wilton, Sunny FM administration assistant, said they wanted to reunite the bear with its owner so they decided to have some fun. Staff posed for pictures with the teddy bear throughout the day and posted the photos on Facebook.
“We had a lot of fun with it,” said Wilton. “We get things brought in all the time but nothing as quite as sentimental as a little bear.”
It took off like wildfire on Facebook with some 500 shares on the missing teddy bear.
“It’s a beautiful thing,” said Megee. “They say the nice in people is dying. It’s nice to see the community come together even if it is something as small as a teddy bear. It means a lot to me and my son.”