- When local resident Sasha Tinning took her grandson, Carver, shopping for items to donate to the brave firefighters, the 5-year-old chose a Baby Yoda doll.
- Carver also made a touching note that says: “Thank You Firefighters. Here is a friend for you in case you get lonely.”
- The firefighters loved Carter’s gift and bring Baby Yoda with them everywhere because it brings joy to the front lines.
A little boy’s gift for wildfire fighters is touching the hearts, not just of the first responders, but of all the people who hear the story.
Tyler Eubanks organized a donation drive for the brave first responders of Molalla and Colton, Oregon. Of course, she’s expecting the community to donate practical items like food and socks, among other things.
But when local resident Sasha Tinning took her grandson, Carver, to shop for items to donate to the first responders, he had something different in mind.
The 5-year-old picked a Baby Yoda doll.
Baby Yoda, also known as “The Child” became popular after Disney released the series “The Mandalorian.”
Carter added a note saying: “Thank You Firefighters. Here is a friend for you in case you get lonely.”
Baby Yoda was a hit! The firefighters loved it.
“The smallest gift of kindness goes a long way,” said Mike Lewelling, fire management officer at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. “This has been a very long and stressful fire season and many firefighters are away from their families for weeks, and even months.”
Both the doll and Carver’s message “put a smile on even the toughest of firefighters out there,” Lewelling said.
Baby Yoda’s adventure started in Oregon, but he also traveled through Utah and Colorado. Firefighters even get in line to get selfies with Baby Yoda. He’s become so famous, Tyler set up a Facebook fan and travel page for Baby Yoda to track his journey.
“What’s happening with these fires is quite scary,” said Tyler. “Baby Yoda brings a positivity to it all. At the drive, when Carver dropped off Yoda, everyone was really emotional when they read the note.”
Baby Yoda also visited Incident Commander Dave Gesser’s crew at the Cameron Peak Fire in Colorado.
“Baby Yoda’s arrival to the Cameron Peak Fire lifted team moral significantly,” Gesser said. “It has been a long fire season… word spread quickly around the incident command post and people were literally lining up to get a selfie with Baby Yoda.”
Added Tyler: “Since Yoda’s a morale booster, I’m getting tons of messages from first responders asking when it’s their turn to get Baby Yoda. Members of the National Guard even thanked me and I was like, ‘What? You are the heroes, not me!’”
Tyler believes people are drawn to the story of the traveling Baby Yoda for a few reasons.
“It’s a combination of those who want to support first responders, and Baby Yoda humanizes them,” she said. “It makes you think, oh, these are the people doing this job, putting out fires and saving lives. Yoda brings light into it all.”
Source: Inspire More