Young Star Wars fan sends Baby Yoda doll to firefighters to keep them company
The Force is strong with firefighters who bring a donated Baby Yoda doll with them as a morale booster.
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Firefighters bravely battling wildfires this fall now have the Force on their side. A 5-year-old Oregon boy and his grandmother donated a Baby Yoda doll to cheer up firefighters in mid-September -- and it's working.
When 5-year-old Carver Healey discovered that fires were destroying forests in his home state of Oregon, the boy wanted to do something special for the firefighters. Carver told his grandmother Sasha Tinning that he wanted to send a care package to firefighters that included groceries and a brand new Baby Yoda doll.
Carver also attached a note with the doll that said, "Here is a friend for you in case you get lonely."
The Baby Yoda doll and note were first given to a friend of Carver's family, Tyler Eubanks, who had started organizing a supply drive for crews on the front lines of various wildfires.
The firefighters who received Carver's gift now bring Baby Yoda with them on their fire emergency calls and also document his travels in a Facebook group started by Eubanks -- that currently has almost 30,000 followers -- so Carver and other Star Wars fans can view the Baby Yoda doll's latest adventures.
Photos have been posted on Facebook of the firefighters who have received both the note and the doll joyfully posing with Baby Yoda.
Baby Yoda has kept firefighters company at different fires in Oregon as well as in Colorado, including firefighters battling the 125,000-acre Cameron Peak Fire, according to Fox KTVU.
"These firefighters are putting their lives on the line," Carver's grandmother Sasha Tinning told CNN on Tuesday. "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 cute as the dickens. 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."