Kind strangers work together to bring home a beloved stuffed animal to a girl 2,300 miles away

Like many people have found out on social media, Richard Sains from the town of Billericay, Essex, England, is a skeptic.

“For me, I’ve always been a bit hesitant with social media – there can be a lot of negativity,” he said, according to Mirror.

But a recent encounter with many strangers, all freely offering the time and assistance to restore his young daughter’s joy, has him thinking differently.

It all started during a family vacation in August, when Richard, his wife Chrissie, and daughters Meg, 12, and Hattie, 10, went on a trip through Iceland.

One of their stops was at the campsite near Vik i Myrdal. After they moved on, Hattie realized too late that she had left behind something precious.


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“Cowie” is a very important stuffed animals to Hattie. He’s been with her since she was two years old, and the thought of losing him is painful – but the family can’t go back and find him, as they have booked each stop in advance and have a flight to take. catch.

“She was really upset at first,” says Chrissie, 42, according to Echo. “She thought she might have lost him rather than leave him.

“We contacted the campsite and they said she left him in the shell of the bell tent.”

But when they tried to get Cowie home, they hit one hurdle after another.

“We tried to get him to Reykjavik to finish the trip and when that didn’t happen I booked a courier to come pick him up, but they didn’t collect the money,” he said. Richard wrote in a Facebook post. “I couldn’t get the campsite to send him to either.

“I tried everything for a few months but no joy. On Monday, Hattie went to bed very upset thinking Cowie would never come home so I posted about the situation on the Travel Iceland Facebook group. ”

And that’s the ticket. More than 20 people commented on the post, suggested Help or advice, and soon a relay was organized.


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The first leg of the journey belonged to Óðinn Yngvason, 43, who personally made the trip to the campsite and protected Cowie.

In true stuffed animal rescuer style, during their trip he remembers to take lots of photos with the famous landmarks and provide the family with updates along the way.

He entrusted Cowie to Halldór Ingvason, who was heading to Reykjavik airport.

Ingvason escorted Cowie to London, taking more photos of course along the way. He also chose for Cowie a new friend: A stuffed muffin. He and Richard met at a pub in Bloomsbury and made the trade over a few beers.

While Richard was planning to surprise Hattie with her unexpected return beloved toy, the photos and self-written stories online are too great not to share.

“We were going to keep it as a surprise but I kept seeing the pictures so I had to show Hattie,” he said. “She was like ‘what? Is Cowie coming home? Please can you make sure he’s in my bed so when I wake up he’s there! ‘”

He made good on that promise, and now Cowie has settled back into their lives with new friend To kick off, Richard expressed his gratitude to those who helped bring Cowie back to his hometown 2,300 km away and recognized the positive tool social media can offer.

“…You can be in almost immediate contact with amazing people around the world who are ready to help you,” he said. “I am more willing to help people, I will definitely give back.”

“Thanks to everyone at Travel Iceland and especially Óðinn Yngvason and Halldór Ingvason for bringing Cowie home and taking great photos along the way!” he posted on Facebook. “We’ll be back in Iceland very soon – we’ll keep Cowie with us this time!”

Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she began to write full-time and is particularly interested in topics related to animals.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t really know how. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a Master’s degree in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis on metacognitive development and skill transfer between reading and writing in freshmen.
She has many hobbies that keep her busy, including trying new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing absurd topics, reading, drawing, people watching, curriculum development and write biography. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she has teal hair.
With her book on effective communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating several children’s books with her husband, Edward.


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