DALLAS (KRLD/CBSDFW.COM) – Late Tuesday afternoon workers at Dallas Love Field tweeted they found a lost teddy bear that prompted a viral campaign.
An airport worker found the stuffed animal and brought it to lost and found.
The family tells CBS11 they are thrilled and will come pick up their son’s beloved bear at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
Like many young children, 4-year-old Luke Swofford has a favorite stuffed animal.
But recently, ‘Teddy Bear’ went missing when the Swofford family, from Rockwall, returned from a vacation in Colorado.
Dad Tim Swofford said after the family realized they left Teddy Bear near baggage claim at Dallas Love Field Airport, they immediately returned to find him, but he was gone.
“Looked all around and asked around and couldn’t find him,” Swofford said.
The family filed a report with the airport but Swofford also took to Twitter, asking both Southwest Airlines and Love Field for help.
The post went viral.
“It’s been unbelievable. It’s interesting or ironic it happened at Dallas Love and the love that has outpoured from that airport, from Southwest, form everybody in the Dallas area. People have chimed in from all over the country.”
Swofford said it feels a bit silly, but also refreshing so many people can relate to a child’s love for a special item.
He said Luke received Teddy Bear when he was born.
“By the time he was a year and a half, it was clear Teddy Bear was the ranking member of the stuffed animal world.”
Luke has slept with Teddy Bear every night and nap time since, even traveling out of the country with the family.
“They lay awake at night after we put Luke down and he and Teddy Bear talk in a special teddy bear voice for about an hour before he falls asleep.”