5-year-old boy sends Baby Yoda doll to comfort Oregon firefighters – now they take it on their calls
The internet has fallen in love with an Oregon boy after he sent a Baby Yoda doll to Oregon firefighters, so they didn’t get lonely.
When 5-year-old Carver learned about the devastating wildfires ravaging his home state of Oregon, he told his grandmother, Sasha Tinning, he wanted to do something to help the heroes fighting tirelessly on the front lines.
Knowing there was a local donation drive for firefighters in their community, Tinning took her grandson shopping to buy food and other items she thought the fire crews needed.
While the pair was shopping, Carver’s attention was grabbed by an item in the toy aisle – a Baby Yoda doll.
“He was the last one on the shelf, just staring at us saying, ‘Take me with you! I need to go with you.’ So that’s kind of how it started,” Tinning said.
For those not familiar with “The Force,” ‘The Child’, more commonly known as Baby Yoda — is a character from the Star Wars Disney+ original series “The Mandalorian.” The miniature green character was instantly loved by audiences everywhere for his oversized ears and big innocent eyes.
Although Carver loved the doll, he felt the firefighters needed more than he did. So, Tinning and Carver attached a note, and dropped Baby Yoda off at a supply drive for Oregon firefighters in Scappoose, hoping the doll would comfort them on the front lines.
“Thank you, firefighters,” the 5-year-old wrote. “Here is a friend for you, in case you get lonely <3 Love, Carver."
A few days later, Tyler Eubanks, the person who runs the donation drive, told Tinning how big of a hit Baby Yoda was with the fire crews.
“These firefighters are putting their lives on the line,” Tinning told CNN. “To have a little bit of sunshine during such a dark time, I think that’s really special for them. He (Baby Yoda) is also just cute as the dickens.”
So now, not only are the firefighters bringing Baby Yoda on their calls, but they even document his travels in a Facebook group, so that Carver and others can see how much Baby Yoda has helped them along the way. Today the group has over 20,000 fans.
“These firefighters are away from their children, their loved ones. This is a little pal that brings a bit of normalcy to a crazy time,” the proud grandmother said.
Thank you for such a sweet thought, Carver. And thank you to all the hero firefighters who fighting tirelessly to keep their communities safe. You all are the real MVPs! May the force be with you!