PARENTS

Toy With Voice Message From Late Grandfather Is The Sweetest Surprise

12/26/2016 09:34 EST | Updated 12/26/2016 11:01 EST

When Mariana and Sarahy opened their presents on Christmas, they were delighted to get teddy bears. But they quickly realized the stuffed toys were more than just a cuddly surprise.

The teddy bears, gifted by their aunt, had special audio messages from their grandfather who died last year.

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The family is still reeling from his unexpected death — the grandfather died of a stroke while being robbed at a car wash, Buzzfeed reported — and not having him around during the holiday season is especially difficult.

The loss is particularly hard on the two young Oklahoma girls, said Jennifer Ramos, their 16-year-old sister who shared a video of their reaction on Twitter. That's why the presents meant so much.

Each teddy bear had a recording of an "inside joke" between the girls and their beloved grandfather, and ended with his laugh.

The girls wept and hugged the bears tightly upon hearing his voice — an unforgettable moment for them, their family and those who watched the viral moment online.

Watch the video above to see the heartwarming moment.

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