Watch Ellen surprise two amazing gay dads: ‘Their story is one of the reasons why I love my job’
Ellen DeGeneres found herself deeply touched by the generosity of Rob and Reece Scheer.
‘Their story is one of the reasons why I love my job,’ the talk show said of the Maryland couple who adopted two pairs of siblings out of the foster care system.
‘When the kids arrived we knew that they came with baggage,’ Rob said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week.
‘We knew they had come from homes that just lacked love in general. For a child not to feel loved or wanted? I knew that’s what my kids were feeling. And I just wanted my husband and I to change that.’
The kids came with various physical, emotional or psychological problems.
‘I don’t know if I was ready … but we just made it work,’ Rob says. ‘That’s what family’s about, you just make it work. They don’t care that we’re white and we’re gay, they care that we love them.’
Not only has the couple, married for seven years, provided a loving home for their kids their kids but they are trying to make life a little less traumatic for kids who remain in the foster care system.
Rob had been a foster kid himself and was traumatized by the fact that he would have to haul his personal belongings around from home to home in a plastic garbage bag.
When he saw this was still standard practice when his kids were in foster care, the couple founded Comfort Cases to provide Foster kids with luggage to keep their belongings in.
The cases come with a tooth brush, a brand-new pair of pajamas with the tag still on them, a blanket and a book.
Their foundation currently covers Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC but the couple wants to make it nationwide.
DeGeneres arranged to boost their efforts by presenting the couple with a check for $10,000 and $40,000 worth of Somsonite luggage products.
‘We never say never in our house,’ Rob says. ‘We were told that we would never be married. We were told that we would never be parents.
‘People say all the time that our kids won the lottery. We won the lottery.’