Beleaguered firefighters in the western United States have a new force on their side: Baby Yoda. A 5-year-old Oregon boy and his grandmother delivered a toy version of the pointy-eared Force user to a donation center for firefighters on Sept. 12 along with a note that read: "Here is a friend for you in case you get lonely." (Sept. 30)
SASHA TINNING: We decided to attach a little note. Found a piece of paper and a pencil, and we were just going to write, thank you firefighters, and Carver said, don't forget to put that if they need a friend, he can be a friend.
TYLER EUBANKS: When my first post went, you know, 5,000 shares, and everybody's asking me, can we watch him go farther? Like, can you start a Facebook page? So I started the Facebook page, and it grows by the day. And I get so many messages every day saying thank you. I look forward to this every day.
TJ RAMOS: We were able to take him with us on our first flight, on our first air attack mission of the day. And we took him up, and we actually were flying pretty high so we can get a couple of those, a couple those good pictures of him in the window, looking out over the fire. It was just a blast, and the pilot that I had with me, Mike, he was all-- he was all about it.
Once I asked, hey, can we take Yoda with us? He's like, oh yeah, for sure, let's get that done. And then, so the picture of Yoda behind him, on his back, that was all, that was all his idea there for that one. He wanted that one to be done so he could send it back home. That's what's neat about it, like, just being able to connect that back home.
JAEBYN DRAKE: It was all a part of home. It made them think about home and think about the loved ones that they left behind back home while they're out doing-- working long days, working this grueling, not so much fun task. And I think just showing that, having that homely feeling, and also seeing that there is somebody else out there that's appreciating them, even five-year-olds are appreciating them. I think that's really, really what it was, with all the negative and hard work and stuff goes on at a fire, that was just that piece of joy that brought to you. I think that's more of why there were tears, and people just loved it.