OXFORD, MS (WMC) - The City of Oxford is making a hard push to find a little girl's missing stuffed animal.
Oxford Police Department took to social media Wednesday night to alert the community to "Lamby," a missing stuffed lamb that was last seen at Kroger in Oxford.
After the post picked up traction, the Oxford community began to offer rewards for the missing lamb.
"It just exploded. I think it was a story that was easy to catch on, and it was fun for everyone to get involved in," Major Jeff McCutchen said.
Businesses in and around Oxford stepped up to help sweeten the deal for anyone that had information about the missing stuffed animal.
"The rest of the world can learn from this and realize how much of an impact a community can have," University Florist owner Smitty Smith said. "I have a 4-year-old daughter, so I understand the sentimental value."
"It just speaks volumes to our community. I think that's who Oxford is; I think that's who we represent," McCutchen said.
McCutchen said the department is investigating the missing stuffed animal, but assured the critics of this story that the department still has plenty of resources devoted to normal, everyday policing.
"It's not that we've poured all of our resources in this, but yeah, we did spend some time on it, because it's important to one of our citizens," McCutchen said.
He also said he has two daughters, so he understands how much returning "Lamby" could mean to the young girl who lost the toy.
Anyone who finds and returns the toy will receive a huge reward from businesses around Oxford, as well as two Ole Miss football tickets.
So far, the list of rewards includes:
- Essential oil-infused pillow from Bedzzz Express
- $50 gift card to Funkys
- $75 gift card to University Florist
- 10 plate lunches at LB’s Meat Market
- A bag of coffee, 4 pack of cold brew and t-shirt from Heartbreak Coffee
- $50 gift card to Jinsei Sushi
- $50 from Larson’s Cash Saver
- 2 tickets to Ole Miss vs. South Alabama
- $50 from Miconi Project Management
- $50 gift certificate from Rafter’s Music and Food
- Free pair of jeans from Blue Jean Delta Co.
- Free oil change and tire rotation from Cannon Motor Company
- $50 gift card from Smoothie King
- Free month membership to HOTWORX
- Free night stay at The Inn at Ole Miss
- Free one-year subscription to RebelGrove.com
- $50 gift card to Rebel Rags
- Two gift cards to Carriage Crossing
- A Charger t-shirt from Oxford Charger Booster Club
- A casserole from Tallahatchie Gourmet
- 2 season passes to Geyser Falls Water Theme Park from Pearl River Resort
- A bath and nail trim from Pampered Paws Animal Hospital
Help bring Lamby home!