This Christmas, 16-year-old Alina Angel planned with her mom, Stephanie, a way to help her little sisters remember their dad, Albert.

According to KPNX, Albert passed away from systemic lupus. Alina and her mom bought three Build-a-Bears— one for 12-year-old Aaralyn, one for seven-year-old Allani and one for their grandmother.

Alina and Stephanie sprayed the bears with Albert’s favorite Burberry cologne. They added a device offered by Build-a-Bear that plays a recording of their dad’s voice singing the Alabama song, “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down.” A family member also made teddy bear-sized shirts using fabric from one of Albert’s shirts that he wore in a favorite family photo.

When Aaralyn and Allani were handed the bags containing the bears, they were instructed to take out their presents at the same time and then smell them. Aaralyn seemed to recognize the scent immediately—  crying as soon as the smell hit her nose.

Alina posted the emotional video to her Twitter account, which went viral and has accrued over seven million views.

She tweeted this message along with the video:

Our dad passed away earlier this summer so my mom and I decided to surprise my sisters with bears with his favorite cologne and a recording of his voice. It’s not Christmas without you Dad, but we have you in spirit.

Many people have written supportive messages and appreciation for the video.

Alina told KPNX that she couldn’t believe that her video went viral and that so many people would reach out to her.

She said:

“I would have never expected that. Most of my videos get 6 views.”

It seems that although their beloved father would no longer be with them during the holidays, Alina and Stephanie found a way to honor his memory and create a gift that would help Aaralyn and Allani feel his presence.

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