In “The Mandalorian,” Baby Yoda (a.k.a “the Child”) has a habit of popping up in places where grown men fear to tread and facing danger head-on with a wisdom beyond his years.
Perhaps it was the outsized courage of the diminutive Disney hero that inspired one big-hearted little boy to tap the foot-tall green toddler from a galaxy far away for a perilous but crucial assignment.
When Carver and his grandmother, Sasha Tinning, were putting together supplies to send to first responders battling California’s latest outbreak of wildfires, the 5-year-old spotted a solitary plush toy Baby Yoda sitting on a shelf.
Whether he truly understood the exhausting emotional toll tirelessly fighting the devastating infernos was taking on fire crews, the 5-year-old’s course of action was immediately clear.
That’s because, like Baby Yoda, Carver is also wise beyond his years. “I have always wanted to help and uplift anyone that’s around me. And this really was a bright spot in a dark time I wanted to share with everyone,” he told KSAT.
Along with his grandmother’s help and a handwritten note that read:
“Thank you, firefighters. Here is a friend for you, in case you get lonely <3 Love, Carver”
Carver sent Baby Yoda on a mission of comfort and care to the front lines.
Sporting a jaunty stars-and-stripes headband, the alien mascot has since traveled to the sites of numerous West Coast hot spots, bringing solace to the brave women and men battling the blazes there.
Highlights of his exploits have even been chronicled on his own ‘Baby Yoda fights fires’ Facebook page.
While Star Wars fans may be most familiar with Yoda’s famous refrain, “a Jedi’s strength flows from the force,” the astute Jedi Master also believed, “truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.”
One thing we know for certain—the force is strong with Carver.