The Mandalorian may not be back for season two until October 30, but Baby Yoda is making appearances as he returns for a new adventure — firefighting. What the story? One Baby Yoda doll has traveled along the west coast, joining firefighters in Oregon, Colorado, and beyond.
When 5-year-old Carver learned about the wildfires blazing in his home state of Oregon, he asked his grandmother, Sasha Tinning, what they could do to help firefighters. When they found out about a local donation drive for firefighters, Tinning took Carver shopping to buy essentials to donate.
While their list was mostly focused on groceries, Carver set his sights on a Baby Yoda doll. Carver picked out the doll and sent it in a care package with a handwritten note.
“Thank you, firefighters,” he wrote. “Here is a friend for you, in case you get lonely. Love, Carver.”
Baby Yoda Joins the Frontlines
“These firefighters are putting their lives on the line,” Tinning told CNN. “To have a little bit of sunshine during such a dark time, I think that’s really special for them. [Baby Yoda] is also just cute as the dickens.”
Now, a Facebook group called “Baby Yoda Fights Fires” documents the doll’s travels with those battling on the frontlines. Carver — and the group’s 20,000 followers — are able to keep up with Baby Yoda through the page’s updates.
“These firefighters are away from their children, their loved ones. This is a little pal that brings a bit of normalcy to a crazy time,” Tinning said to CNN.
Tyler Eubanks, who organized the donation drive, delivered Baby Yoda to firefighters in early September. She attached her phone number to the doll to keep track of him and to encourage others to send photos of the doll on his new adventures.
“It’s something I never imagined,” Eubanks told Estacada News, commenting on Baby Yoda’s popularity. “The first responders get really excited when they get their hands on him. It’s almost like a competition for them to see who can get the most creative photos.”
Eubanks is also grateful that the new project is an opportunity to highlight firefighters.
“We can put a face to who is out there working,” Eubanks said. “It brings pride and thankfulness to see the faces of the people who are putting their lives on the line for us.”