Want To Recover That Beloved Lost Toy?

We all had a favored toy when we were children -- one that we would have been devastated to lose. One train company, First Great Western, in England has taken this thought to heart and has created a website where they post the photos of the stuffed animals that have been found lost on their trains. This way children can be united with their lost loves and parents can breathe a little easier.

Teddy Bear Rescue (Image via First Great Western)Teddy Bear Rescue (Image via First Great Western)

The company takes mug shots of the  stuffed toys, primarily teddy bears, and posts them on their website along with the "height" of the animal, the weight, and the date and location that it was found. The company wants children to know that the animals that have been found have been fed and well cared for after their ordeal. The animals are now missing their families and want to return home.

Teddy Bear Rescue (Image via First Great Western)Teddy Bear Rescue (Image via First Great Western)

The families of these lost toys can go on the Teddy Rescue website and look at the photos of the animals that have been found and if they see it there they can email the company to see about being reunited. They request that the email include any identifying marks of characteristics that would help ascertain that this is indeed the bear in question. In the case of my beloved childhood bear this would include a broken nose and a small splotch of blue paint on the back of his head.

Teddy Bear Rescue (Image via First Great Western)Teddy Bear Rescue (Image via First Great Western)

This program is just so reminiscent of the story of Paddington Bear who showed up at London's Paddington Station lost and alone before being taken in by the Brown family. In this case the bears are sent to the Lost Property office at locations such as the Bristol Temple Meads Station where they are tenderly cared for in hopes of being reunited with their child.

The program is said to have been inspired by the upcoming release of the new Paddington movie that is scheduled to be released in the U.K. on November 28th and in the U.S. on January 16th. 

It is hoped that all of the lost toys will be able to find their way home by Christmas. Amen to that!

Sources: Huffington Post, First Great Western, Wikipedia