Iowa family documents adventures with lost stuffed animal in viral post

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Someone’s lost their best friend, and it’s up to us to reunite them. Humankind

It’s every child (and parent’s) worst nightmare on family road trips: Losing a beloved toy.

So Katie Hoeppner is stepping in to try and locate the rightful owners of “George.” She’s been in the same situation with her own children.

“It’s like losing your best friend,” Hoeppner explained to the Register on Monday. “When you get it back, it’s more tears and excitement to see it again.”

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Hoeppner, 34, of Marion, found the stuffed animal at a rest stop along Interstate 80 near Williamsburg. She crafted a Facebook post Sept. 30 that details how she came across “George” and how she decided to “rescue him.”

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Additionally, in the post, Hoeppner said “George” was her co-pilot on the drive back home. He “wore his seat belt without a fuss, picked the music on the radio, and ran some errands with my family.”  The mother of two included pictures to show George’s voyage.

Hoepnner asked for the public’s help in finding the toy’s owners. The post, as of 9:30 a.m. Monday, has more than 23,600 shares and 4,100 comments from all across the country. 

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Hoeppner plans to mail “George” to his owners — if they can be discovered. She said there hasn’t been much luck yet tracking them down, but said she has also contacted the Iowa Department of Transportation about it.

Hoeppner plans to keep the toy until the owners are found, or she might donate it to a shelter in town after a couple of months.

But the journey between “George” and the Hoeppner family has been loads of fun.

“My kids are up for my shenanigans,” Hoepnner said, laughing. “This has been kind of an adventure for them.”

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