Ellen DeGeneres has given two gay dads a heartwarming surprise after hearing about their incredible journey to becoming fathers to their four children.
The talk show host spoke to Rob and Reece Scheer (pictured), a gay couple who started a foundation to support foster children after seeing how difficult the system was on their own kids.
“When the kids arrived, we knew they came from homes that just lacked love in general,” Rob said.
“We had a child who was hoarding food in her bedroom because she was scared she wasn’t going to eat, a son who couldn’t talk or walk, another child that didn’t know what it was to hug.”
While the couple faced challenges, they said they “made it work. 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,” Rob said.
Since then, the pair have dedicated their lives not only to their own family, but all children struggling in the foster care system.
“When we adopted our children, I went to pick them up and they were carrying trash bags with all of their belongings in it,” Rob said.
“I remember walking into our home and saying to Reece, ‘This is unbelievable…. We’re making these invisible kids feel like trash by making them put all of their belongings in a trash bag.’”
It was then that the couple were inspired to create non-profit organisation Comfort Cases to provide foster children with a bag filled with essential items.
The couple told Ellen they want to expand the foundation beyond the three states it operates in and take it nationwide, and to help them the talk show host surprised them with a $10,000 donation and $40,000 in suitcases.
Watch the family’s story below:
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