Comfort Cases help foster kids start out on the right foot
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:05:15 GMT —
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pril is National Volunteer Month, and we're introducing you to a man who hopes to touch the lives of countless kids in foster care.
He's giving them the bare essentials to help them through the start of a new life in an unfamiliar home.
Tired of seeing countless foster kids tote their whole world in a garbage bag, Rob Scheer started the non-profit organization Comfort Case. His daughter Amaya came to him from foster care without life essentials.
"She had eight cavities," he said. "Why? Because nobody bothered to make sure that she had something as simple as a toothbrush."
Volunteers of all ages create care packages stuffed with essentials. Each of them are handed out to children who have to adjust to a new home.
"...if you're giving them a case and making sure they have a new toothbrush, a bar of soap, lotion, a brand new pair of pajamas, something that they can call their own to start their journey out, we will make a difference in these children's lives."
And there's a little extra in each comfort case, something priceless, something you can't see or touch.
"Unconditional love," Scheer said. "At the end of the day, that's what it's all about."
There's a reason why Scheer is so passionate; he lived the hardships of a foster child 37 years ago. He remembers the first time he felt the love that comes with finally having a home.
"We care, and we're not allowing a child to be given a trash bag," he said. "That's what it's about."
Scheer kept the bags his four children carried into his home on day one. They remind him of why he's working to add a little bit of love and comfort to children on a tough journey -- one bag at a time.