When a 5-year-old from Oregon named Carver found out his state was being ravaged by wildfires, he told his grandmother he wanted to do something to make a difference.

By Maressa Brown
September 30, 2020
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As the west coast contends with a brutal fire season, Americans everywhere have been wondering how they can best support firefighters and the communities they serve. Now, a 5-year-old boy named Carver has dreamed up what might be the most adorable charitable move yet. He sent a Baby Yoda toy to heroes on the front lines.

When Carver, who lives in Oregon, found out about the fires, he told his grandmother Sasha Tinning he wanted to do something to make a difference, reports CNN. After Tinning heard about a local donation drive for firefighters in Molalla and Colton, Oregon, she took her grandson shopping for groceries and other supplies. And that's when Carver spied a Baby Yoda (aka "The Child") doll in the toy aisle.

The boy thought the firefighters could use the doll to cheer up, so he sent it their way along with a note that read, "Thank you, firefighters. Here is a friend for you, in case you get lonely. Love, Carver, age 5."

"These firefighters are putting their lives on the line," Tinning told CNN. "To have a little bit of sunshine during such a dark time, I think that's really special for them. He (Baby Yoda) is also just cute as the dickens."

And the recipients of Carver's thoughtful gift agree. Firefighters in Oregon and California have been bringing the toy with them and sharing photos and videos in a Facebook group called Baby Yoda Fights Fires, created Tyler Eubanks, the organizer of the donation drive. Most recently, Baby Yoda has made his way to Colorado to support firefighters in the Centennial State.

Tinning couldn't be prouder of her grandson's sweet move, sharing with KGW-TV in Portland, “Anybody that holds that Baby Yoda and looks in those big eyes knows that eventually, this is all going to pass and be OK."

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