A mom is thanking Delta Air Lines and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after the entities helped reunite her 1-year-old daughter with her beloved “Daddy Doll.”
Arielle Saige Britton took to Facebook Thursday to alert what she thought would be just her friends and family to Kenley’s missing doll.
The post explained that Kenley takes the doll everywhere because it contains a special message that her father, U.S. Marine Brian O'Connor, recorded for his child before his deployment.
“We were traveling back home yesterday and I seemed to have gotten lost somewhere between the Hartford Connecticut airport and the Atlanta airport,” the message said.
“Her mom called and reported me missing to both airports and Delta but no one has found me yet. If anyone has more info or know someone that travels or works please share!”
Later that night, Britton posted that the “Atlanta airport has contacted me via Instagram and Jeremy (who is a stranger to me) who works in Hartford for Delta, personally called me as he walked the airport this am and then texted me to check in this evening! I will be sure to update everyone when we find daddy doll! “
The initial post quickly garnered more than 4,000 shares and by Friday, Britton posted that the doll had been found.
“Thank you delta employees, atlairport and everyone who shared my post in making this happen! He was found on the plane and is making his way back home to Kenley! We cannot thank everyone enough,” Britton said. “The Hartford airport was also heavily involved and has contacted us to send Kenley a package!”
The mom later explained on Facebook Live that she didn’t think the post would gain so much traction.
“This was truly a crazy experience,” she said. “I knew that I had a lot of supportive friends and family on my Facebook and that’s honestly all that I thought this was gonna be ... but y’all took this thing viral.”
Britton said that she and Kenley will drive to their local airport Saturday, where the toddler will be reunited with her “Daddy Doll” in person — news crews in tow.
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