When duty calls, Buzz Lightyear is honorably bound to answer. At least that’s what one mother told her distraught toddler when she accidentally left her Buzz action figure on a plane in the middle of an unexpected last-minute trip.
While older members of the Davis family did not expect to see Buzz again, the spunky astronaut made the journey home in style, thanks to the outstanding efforts of Southwest Airlines ground staff at Little Rock’s Clinton National Airport. , Arkansas.
Following the example of Toy story In film, the Davises had inscribed the name of their 2-year-old son Hagen on the sole of Buzz’s space boot.
After finding the missing space adventurer during a routine post-flight check, Operations Agent Beth Buchanan was able to match the name to a boy from Elk Grove, California on the passenger list.
As Buchanan investigated, his co-worker Jason William Hamm spotted Buzz sitting at his desk. With the identity of the owner confirmed, the steadfast ramp agent set out to get Buzz back to where he belonged.
Hamm reached out to the Davises via email to let them know that Commander Lightyear would soon be heading to California, but not content with sending Buzz home in a boring box, he decided to take things to the next level.
Rather than let the astronaut take off incognito, Hamm launched his cargo aboard a specially designed shuttle that would ensure that Buzz received a true hero’s welcome when he landed.
Along with a brilliantly decorated box highlighted with a chain of memorabilia Toy story dating, Hamm kept a series of adventure photos he had taken of Buzz at different airports, along with a handwritten note that read:
Commander Hagen. I am very excited to return to you after completing my mission. I was able to explore the airport and spaceport in Little Rock, Arkansas while away, and have included photos from my adventure. My journey has taught me a lot, but I am very grateful to be back with my friend. “
As the parent of an autistic child, Hamm truly understood how much the loss of a precious toy could mean. “I wanted it to be a beautiful experience when I opened it,” he said. The Washington Post. “I thought you would love it. I had no idea who it was, but I knew someone was missing Buzz and he was probably very sad. “
When Buzz arrived, Hagen’s mother, Ashley, was so touched by Hamm’s care and creativity that she was overwhelmed with emotion.
“I cried when I opened it. You could see all the love he put into her, ”Davis told The Washington Post, but in addition to her tears, she couldn’t help but feel tickled as well. “I wonder how many people chuckled when they saw the box with Buzz in it, as he made his way ‘to infinity and beyond,’ from Arkansas to California.”
To let Hamm know that Buzz had landed safely, the Davises sent him a video with images of their son’s beaming face during their “out of the box” reunion. While his mission was to go further, according to Hamm, the smile on that happy boy’s face was all the thanks he needed.
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