2017 was a very tough year for one family in Florida. After the boy’s mother passed away, Antonio Vargas Sr. from Orlando really wanted to help his son remember his beloved mother. So dad decided to create an extraordinary Christmas gift that his son would cherish for the rest of his life. So what did he do? Antonio Sr. decided to keep the voice of the boy’s deceased mother alive for a while longer by using her voice as the voice box inside the boy’s new stuffed monkey toy.
When Antonio Jr. opened up the present and heard the voice coming from within the monkey, he burst into tears of joy. He then holds the toy tight against him as he remembers the love he has for his mother.
The boy’s mother passed away in July of this year. And because dad had kept a few voice recordings of the boy’s mother talking to her “little monkey,” he knew that the perfect gift for Christmas would be a stuffed animal.
With the recordings on his phone, Antonio Sr. brought them to Build-A-Bear and asked them to help him create a memorable holiday for his son.
Because the little boy had not heard the voice of his mother since she tragically died on July 4, 2017, he was overjoyed to receive dad’s fantastic Christmas gift.
In the video included below, you’ll see dad creating the gift. And then it cuts to when the boy opens it on Christmas. When he hears his mother’s voice say, “I will always love you,” Antonio Jr. cries and holds it tightly against his body.
Just a few days before Christmas, Antonio and his son visited his mother’s grave. There, they placed a small, but beautiful, Christmas tree to commemorate her memory and celebrate Christmas with her.
When dad posted the wonderful video on Facebook, it quickly went viral. And he wrote the following:
“This is a real big touching moment as a parent prepping this monkey to have a heartbeat and to speak to my son, so that my son can hear his mother’s voice again. She passed away on 4th of July. We always called our son our little monkey. So on Christmas Day, his dream came true!!! I love my little man with all my heart. Daddy loves you.”
Whenever Antonio Jr. presses the stuffed monkey, it says one of the following phrases in his mother’s voice. The young boy hears mom say, “I love you to the world and back,” “Give me a big hug, I love you,” “I love you guys so much, and I will always love you” and “Tell him Mommy loves him.”
For anyone dealing with loss this holiday season, we hope this story can serve as a source of inspiration. This father knew exactly how to help his son deal with his grief all while giving him a way to remember his mother for the rest of his life.
With the technology available to us, making a bear like this is possible. And that’s a fantastic thing.
What is your reaction to this heartwarming Christmas gift?