Guests on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” often get neat surprise gifts for their selfless deeds, and it’s not all that rare for there to be some tears, too.
But some guests and their stories are really something special.
Rob and Reece Scheer — a Maryland couple DeGeneres calls the “dads of the year” — started a nonprofit called Comfort Cases to help kids in foster care. When they sat down with DeGeneres to share their powerful story, it became clear just how much these two dads’ life work truly matters for thousands of kids who don’t get the love and care they deserve.
As she often does, DeGeneres ended the interview by giving Rob and Reece two well-deserved gifts that left the couple downright speechless.
Watch the emotional clip from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” below:
If Rob and Reece’s story sounds familiar, that may be because they were profiled in an Upworthy video that went viral back in February.
The couple started Comfort Cases to make sure kids in foster care have things to call their own.
The nonprofit provides new duffel bags and backpacks to kids in foster care filled with items they can bring with them wherever they go — pajamas, a soft blanket, a book, stuffed animals, a hygiene kit, and more — so they aren’t forced to rely on trash bags to carry their belongings, like many are forced to do.
Right now, Comfort Cases provides services to kids in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. But seeing how great the need is — over 670,000 kids spent time in foster care in the U.S. in 2015 — they hope to eventually take their cause across all 50 states.
At the end of the interview, DeGeneres gave Rob and Reece the most incredible gift of all: a check for $10,000, as well as $40,000 worth of luggage courtesy of Samsonite.
Needless to say, Rob and Reece were over the moon.
To learn more about Comfort Cases, visit the organization’s website.