WSDOT helps boy reunite with lost dinosaur toy

Kameron and Dino reunited Friday after the toy was lost while driving on I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass.

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – What started as a Memorial Day weekend road trip ended in a social media frenzy over a lost dinosaur toy, and on Friday the kid was reunited with the beast my beloved plushie.

Carlyn Schmidgall and Megan Larson were traveling to eastern Washington in terrible traffic over the holiday weekend when they spotted a green dinosaur lying on the side of the road. Larson said that was a time when slowing traffic was a good thing.

“We just opened the door and slowly pulled it up,” Larson said. “My brother just had a baby, so I know what kids are like with their stuffed friends.”

It is said to belong to a child. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) decided to turn to social media and share a photo in case any of their hundreds of thousands of social media followers recognize the travel companion. stuffed.

Mike Allende, WSDOT’s director of social media, said: “The dinosaur looked like it was missing its family, so we posted it on all of our social media platforms.

The post has been shared numerous times, and an army of followers appear to be intent on finding the owner, Allende said. A long string of responses and countless shares eventually led to the right inbox. It took only a few hours before some of the feedback turned into great news, according to WSDOT.

Haley Librande was delighted when she discovered an army of good people working hard to try to reunite the dinosaur with her boy Kameron. Turns out Kameron named him Dino.

It’s a familiar story, said Librande, about her son playing with his friend in the car window when a strong wind swept him away.

“It was surprising how many people were interested in following us and returning Dino,” said Librande.

Kameron met his heroes Friday at Jennings Memorial Park in Marysville, which very coincidentally has a dinosaur-filled prehistoric playground. Kameron ran as fast as his dinosaur rubber boots would go and quickly took Dino to the playground to have some fun.

WSDOT said it was very proud to have played a part in such a fun story.

“We have a pretty strong and passionate social media following, so I’m confident we can get some good feedback,” says Allende. “And I’m glad it actually led to this reunion.” WSDOT helps boy reunite with lost dinosaur toy

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