SAN ANTONIO – Despite being more than 1,200 miles away from San Antonio and missing his daughter’s birthday for the first time, David Villegas was still able to put a smile on his baby girl’s face with a special Build-A-Bear gift.
Since he's away for basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, his wife, Vanessa, decided to surprise their daughter, Ellianna, with a bear dressed like her daddy in Army fatigues for her fifth birthday.
Upon opening the box, Ellianna noticed the bear “looked like daddy” but it’s her reaction to hearing her dad’s voice from it that has left Twitter users crying tears of joy.
“Hey baby, daddy loves you and misses you so, so much and I can’t wait for you to be in my arms again. I love you very much,” Villegas said in a recorded message.
Before hugging the bear tightly, Ellianna screams, “Oh my god, its daddy!”
The heartwarming moment was shared on Twitter by Vanessa’s sister and has since gone viral after being posted Wednesday evening.