A 5-year-old girl lost her Elmo doll while on vacation, but the beloved stuffed creature ended up having an adventure of his own.
Ainsley Giorgio and her family had just returned home to Orlando when they realized Elmo had stayed behind at the the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Amelia Island, Fla.
It seemed like Elmo was lost forever, but a few days later he arrived in the mail with a book documenting his adventures since parting ways with Ainsley.
The book, titled “Elmo at the Ritz," contained photos of the red doll lounging at the indoor pool, playing videogames and working out in the gym.
A little girl's missing Elmo came back to her, but with an unexpected extra — a picture book made by a hotel employee detailing the furry creature’s activities while away.
The book also contained a note assuring Ainsley that Elmo had a good time during his solo stay.
“Hi Ainsley, just want to let you know that we found this little guy by the pool and thought you might recognize him. He decided he was going to stay at the hotel for a few days and have some more fun."
The creative hotel employee responsible for the book was a man named Nelson, Ainsley’s mother Raquel Giorgio told WKMG-TV.
The family was grateful to get Elmo back, but the sentimental value of the book was what really stood out.
“Nobody goes above and beyond anymore in this high-tech world. Nobody goes above and beyond to do the extra special thing. But this guy Nelson at the Ritz not only returned Elmo to us ... but made a book that Ainsley will have for the rest of her life,” she said.