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Mom Moved by Surprise Voice in Her Build-a-Bear Gift

Jillian Boling gave her mom a special Christmas gift at her home in Fairborn, Ohio, on December 30, 2018. Boling’s mom had lost her own mother in July 2016. Boling tracked down a voicemail message that her grandma recorded a year before her death, in which she wished Boling’s mom a happy birthday. Both Boling and her mom had thought it was lost. Boling customized a teddy bear at a Build-a-Bear workshop with the voice recording inside. She recorded this video as her mom opened the special gift and reacted to hearing the message. Boling told Storyful, “This video was extremely personal, the backstory was so special to my mom and I both but I felt compelled to share it with others so they could get the idea and even be able to get a gift like the bear in the video, for somebody in their life.” Credit: Jillian Boling via Storyful
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