Lost military doll reunited with owner whose father is currently deployed thanks to viral campaign

Less than an hour after a Kansas City, Miss. news outlet shared a Facebook post, the rightful owner of a military doll was identified. (Photo: KMBC)
Less than an hour after a Kansas City, Miss. news outlet shared a Facebook post, the rightful owner of a military doll was identified. (Photo: KMBC)

Two women — Dina Morely and Heather Parsons — set out to find the rightful owner of a lost military doll, and with the help of a local news station, they were able to complete their mission in under an hour.

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Morley, a valet service employee with Southwest Airlines, said that last week a passenger found a Huggs to Go military doll on the floor of Terminal B at the Kansas City International Airport. She kept the toy at the valet desk, but no one returned to claim it.

Morley was desperate to find the owner of the doll. That’s when local news station KMBC-TV stepped in and shared the post on their Facebook page.

Less than an hour after sharing the photo of the doll, the owner was identified: a little girl whose father is away on deployment.

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The post had been shared more than 5,000 times, and somehow, social media properly worked its magic.

The mother of the little girl who lost the doll told KMBC that they flew out of KCI on a 6 a.m. flight last week, and she wasn’t sure the doll ever made it to the airport from their home.

“I was traveling with my 18-month-old and my 6-year-old,” the mother said. “We were very, very late and she stopped and started tearing up saying she thought she dropped it. I checked the picture I took of her to commemorate the trip and didn’t see it in her arms, so I figured she left in the car or at the house.”

“A woman reached out to Dina via Facebook and said she knew who it belonged to and they’re coordinating a pickup time and place on Tuesday,” Parsons told the outlet. “Without KMBC 9, this wouldn’t have happened so quickly. We’re so excited to return the doll to this little girl.”

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