JetBlue Worker Finds Heartbroken Little Girl's Teddy Bear with Military Dad's Voice


Like most little girls, 6-year-old Paisley Garlisi has a special stuffed animal that goes everywhere with her.

The teddy bear named Lucy is more than just a stuffed bear. Every time Paisley squeezes Lucy’s paw, Paisley’s dad’s voice comes out.

“Hi Paisley, I love you and I miss you,” her dad’s recording says. See, Paisley’s father, Chad Garlisi, is a member of the Army National Guard.

Garlisi made the recording for Paisley to bring her comfort while he is serving in Kosovo on his third deployment.

But disaster struck on June 3 while Paisley was traveling with her family from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island.

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Paisley was carrying Lucy through T.F. Green Airport when the beloved bear somehow got misplaced.

WBZ-TV posted a picture of the girl and her bear on Facebook to try and reunite the pair. It was shared over 3,000 times.

JetBlue employee Hayley Monfils helped find the bear while she was working at the airport.

“Walking through the airport and it looked like American had this new little mascot at their baggage service,” Monfils told WBZ. “I thought how cute! And I was scrolling through Facebook and I said I know that teddy bear — I just saw that!”

The airport staff kept Lucy bear company until WBZ reunited the bear with Paisley on June 4.

WBZ made sure the bear was buckled and safely delivered back to the little girl.

Paisley hugged her bear — who was wearing new JetBlue sunglasses and a backpack — tight after they were reunited.

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“Thank you very much, it’s very much appreciated,” Paisley’s mom said. It’s truly heartwarming to see the great lengths all these people went to for this military family.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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