As a nation we grapple with the simple question of how we can be the best, how we can provide work for all and the knee jerk is always to fall back on our deep dark apartheid past and blame each other for our failure on the basis of colour.
In the video below (at around 6:18) below Rob and Reece Sheer, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, get to the NUB of the problem when Rob says that one of the most important items in the Comfort Cases that they provide foster kids with is a book; “…the book is there to make sure that they understand that it is not the colour of our skin that separates us but our educational level!”
It is surely not too late to nominate Rob and Reece for the positions of Honorary South African Minister/s of Education?
Rob and Reece are wonderful dads of four kids. They started a nonprofit that’s improving the lives of children in the foster care system. Ellen couldn’t wait to hear more about their story in person! Comfort Cases provides foster kids with backpacks filled with necessary supplies for entering foster homes, including a new pair of pajamas, toothbrush and soap. Ellen roped in friends at Samsonite who decided to surprise Rob and Reece Scheer with a check for $10,000 so they can continue filling cases and helping foster kids all around the world. Not only did they surprise them with $10,000, they also gave them $40,000 in Samsonite products
Comfort Cases are bags packed with items like brand-new pajamas, a toothbrush, a blanket, and a stuffed animal, as well as items like coloring books and crayons for kids under 10, and a journal and pens for older kids. As their website states, the belief behind Comfort Cases is that: “Every child deserve dignity and comfort. Give the gift of imagination. Everyone needs one essential friend.”
Founder Rob Scheer remembers the day his oldest children arrived on his doorstep with everything they owned in the world packed in tattered trash bags. It immediately brought back such painful memories for Rob of carrying his own trash bag from place to place in the foster care system. How could it be that over 30 years later we still had not gotten it right? How were we still asking children to pack up their life in a trash bag? Where is the dignity in that for a child who is scared and vulnerable?