Comfort Cases is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that provides children ages 0-18 who are in the foster care system with a bag filled with essential needs like soap and a toothbrush as well as comfort items, like a stuffed animal and a pair of pajamas.
Thousands of children enter the foster care system each year. Most carry little more than the clothes on their backs and are usually given a trash bag to hold their belongings. Comfort Cases was founded by Rob Scheer in 2013 with the hope that one day all these brave foster children will have more than a trashbag as they begin their journey to find a home.
Rob Scheer, a former foster child, is the father of 4 children adopted through the foster system with his husband, Reece. In January of 2009, they received a phone call that a 4 year old girl and her 2 year old brother were in need of foster care. They would be the 3rd foster home to these 2 children in 3 months. When Amaya and Makai arrived to their new home, they had trash bags filled with a few items. These bags contained their whole lives; outfits that were tattered and worn down.
Rob immediately flashed back to his days in the foster care system. He remembered beginning his difficult journey much the same way Amaya and Makai did, with a trash bag. More than 30 years later, he still remembers the trash bag filled with a used pair of pants and 2 stained shirts. After all these years...why haven't things changed for youth entering foster care?
Comfort Cases is currently100% volunteer run. In it's first year, we donated 700 bags to foster children in the Metropoitan DC area. Since 2013, Comfort Cases has donated over 22, 000 bags to children in the foster care system across 21 states and Washington DC. We still have a long way to go to bring dignity to these foster children Nationwide. Over 400, 000 children are in the foster system in the United States.
Every donation made goes directly into creating Comfort Cases for foster children. We have already made a big difference in the few years since we started and we know that with the help of all the generous people who want to make a impact in the lives of foster children we CAN do more!
With the $200,000 we raise, we will be able to purchase cases for over 40,000 foster youth to be filled with Comfort Case items.
Every child who receives a Comfort Case in the most difficult and trying time of their lives will be able to remember receiving a bag that was filled with new items; a blanket, a book, instead of remembering, like Rob and so many others, a trash bag. Please help us make better memories in these children's lives. We, and they, will forever be grateful!