Rob and Reece Scheer live in Darnestown, Maryland, with their four adopted children. The dads had only intended to adopt one kid but found themselves with a big happy family.
The Scheer’s explained: “We got a phone call for a brother and sister. We only wanted one child, but we thought, you know what? Let’s do this! We didn’t want to separate them.”
“Within three months we got another call, for a six month old and a two-year-old, and we went from two guys to a family of six. Crazy.”
Their kids came from very broken homes, but all found love together as a family.
This week, the dads met with Ellen to discuss how their family came to be and a great nonprofit that they started called Comfort Cases.
Rob Scheer grew up in the foster care system himself and he reminisced about carrying his belongings in a trash bag from foster home to foster home. When his children came to him 40 years later from the foster care system — they too were carrying trash bags and this hurt the father to see that not much had changed.
So Rob and Reece decided to do something about it. They started Comfort Cases with their children, which provides foster kids with a backpack or duffel bag to carry their stuff around in.
Rob explained: “We put in a bar of soap, a toothbrush, a pair of pajamas with a tag on it, a blanket in every case, so they know they are loved. The most important thing is we put a book in every case, so they understand it’s not the color of our skin that separates us, it’s our education level. We want them to love to read.”
The dads told Ellen that their dream is to take the nonprofit nationwide, but for now they’ve distributed “Comfort Cases” to kids in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
Ellen’s response? A check for $10,000 for the nonprofit, and another $40,000 worth of Samsonite suitcases and products .
Check out the full video below: