China Lake police officer, Sean Tanner, died in October of 2018.
This is his family's first Christmas without him. In a viral video, his mother is seen receiving a touching gift in his memory from his older sister.
Brittany Garcia made her mother a Build-A-Bear dressed as a police officer. In the video she posted to Twitter, you can see her mom's reaction to receiving the stuffed toy.
It's enough to make you cry.
My little brother died in the beginning of October, for Christmas I got my parents a build a bear in a police unifo… https://t.co/eq92z1h33O— ✨𝓑𝓻𝓲𝓽𝓽𝓪𝓷𝔂✨ (@✨𝓑𝓻𝓲𝓽𝓽𝓪𝓷𝔂✨)1545695213.0
@britmgarcia I’m so sorry for your loss... merry Christmas have a blessed day he’d love to see you all enjoy each o… https://t.co/k4eSHbAy9L— Myol (@Myol)1545748033.0
@britmgarcia I lost my sister back in March of ‘16, Christmas is a tough time but you have to remember the good tim… https://t.co/vVpLDU2con— Z (@Z)1545714118.0
But it wasn't just a bear dressed in Tanner's profession. Garcia had put a recording of her late brother's voice in the bear so it speaks when you squeeze the hand.
The recording says:
"Officer Tanner, about to get no sleep for the first time. I'm feeling good."
Excuse us, we'll be over here crying.
@britmgarcia When she was looking for the button because she wanted to hear his voice 😭❤️ Bless your family— Half-baked Adult (@Half-baked Adult)1545736265.0
@britmgarcia @jabriatrache I loved it. This was so sweet respect to the fellow officer we lost 👮🏼♂️— Queen Bee 🌺👑 (@Queen Bee 🌺👑)1545766563.0
@britmgarcia @CarBombBoom13 I don't know if he died on the job but I appreciate his service and sacrifice. May your… https://t.co/yuxUXbdU3u— 🎀Brynn Boudoir (@🎀Brynn Boudoir)1545802658.0
@britmgarcia my brother is a police officer and this made my heart melt 💙💙— lyndsey mae (@lyndsey mae)1545768114.0
The video has been liked hundreds of thousands of times, with thousands of comments and retweets.
Garcia was surprised at the reaction her video received.
"I am completely overwhelmed by the reaction to the video I posted. The outpouring of love and support is something else and my family is beyond thankful."
She clarified that her brother worked for the China Lake Police Department, he did not die in the line of duty.
She also had to address criticism over her choice of gift.
"My family has a need to hear his voice, it's not ripping open a wound (like people have said) because our wound hasn't closed and probably never will."
"My mom LOVES her gift!"
@britmgarcia Got something in my eye 😢— Villan (@Villan)1545750853.0
HEARTBREAKING: A mother hears the voice of her late son, who was a police officer, through a teddy bear dressed in… https://t.co/6kVlXhq23I— Jennifer 🔱🇺🇸🔱 (@Jennifer 🔱🇺🇸🔱)1545861016.0
@britmgarcia Omg! I just broke out in tears!— Texas Dela Rosa (@Texas Dela Rosa)1545779125.0
This is what makes Christmas special! Mother receives police bear with recorded voice of her son who was a cop and… https://t.co/4n3dT6hG9Q— Ethos Tactical (@Ethos Tactical)1545758482.0
This isn't the only viral video of a child's gift making their parents cry this Christmas.
Brady Singer, pitcher for the Kansas City Royals shared his own video showing his parents reaction after he paid off all their debt. He surprised his parents with the news on Christmas in a letter he wrote thanking them for supporting him.
The old saying is "it's the thought that counts." Clearly a lot of thought went into these loving gifts.