Lost Teddy Bear Found After Tornado Rips Through Town. Now Company Trying To Help Find Owner


On April 13, an EF2 tornado hit the town of Mountainburg in Arkansas.

Some people lost boats or cars or garages, and other families lost everything. Rick Kimes, for example, went back to his mother’s house and business the day after the hurricane hit and found that there was very little of it left.

“They owned a service station here, a wrecker service, and I mean it took it clean out,” Kimes told 5News. “It was like a direct hit, right on it. The house is going to come down. So she’s lost everything here.”

Despite the replaceability of some of the things that were lost in the storm, other objects cannot be replaced.

“Stuff that belonged to my grandpa, we were able to get a lot of that stuff out. That’s the part that kind of hurts,” Kimes said. “Nobody was hurt, but now you have that (sentimental items) to deal with.”

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Children, in particular, have a hard time in these situations. It’s difficult to comprehend losing everything, let alone because of a natural disaster.

That’s why one company is trying to reunite a tornado victim with his child.

Ashby Street Outdoor Advertising installation crew found a little teddy bear that had been swept up by the tornado and taken away from his child.

They nicknamed the bear “Teddy Bear Doe” and they put up a billboard to spread the word.

“Mountainburg Tornado Victim Seeks Owner,” the billboard reads.

The advertising company also posted the billboard on Facebook with the words, “This little guy can’t bear being without his family.

“He was found by our installation crew at an Ashby Street billboard in Mountainburg after the tornado.”

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“‘Help me spread this message further than I was thrown from my home’ – Teddy Bear Doe.”

According to a comment on their Facebook post, the company is trying to contact a family that might be missing the bear. We hope that this little bear is reunited with his owner soon!

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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.
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