A woman in England is going to infinity and beyond to reunite a Woody doll, the infamous cowboy character in “Toy Story,” with his real-life Andy.
Bev McNeill, a good Samaritan driver, saw Woody all muddy on the side of a highway not only once when the traffic was too busy for her to stop to retrieve him, but a second time, still lonely and sadly displaced in the very same spot on the road, seven weeks later.
“I’m a big fan of ‘Toy Story’ and of Woody in particular and it was so sad to see him lying there on the side of the road, just like in the movie,” McNeill, 50, told the DailyMail. “But the cars were starting to move again and I didn’t have time to get out, but I made a note of the lamppost number.
“Seven weeks later,” she continued, “I was stuck in exactly the same spot and I thought of Woody again. I hopped out of the car, jumped over the barrier and found him. The guy in the car behind me was giving me a very strange look, but when I held up Woody to show him, he just said, ‘Aww.’”
Knowing that Woody’s owner, a little boy named Liam – which is the name etched onto the bottom of Woody’s foot, just like Andy in Pixar Animation Studios’ real movie – would be desperately missing his buddy, McNeill has since started an online campaign with the hashtag “#GetWoodyHome,” which is now trending on Twitter.
The story has certainly pulled on social media’s heartstrings with #GetWoodyHome tweeted and shared thousands of times in the past 24 hours, with people from around the world trying to reunite the pair.
Here’s hoping this cowboy will soon be saying “howdy” to his ol’ pal.
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