Lynn Students Learn About Comfort Cases, Pack Their Own

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Staff report

Freshmen at Lynn University got to work helping their community last month.

As part of the school’s January Term, a three-week semester where students participate in experiential learning opportunities, the first year students learned about Comfort Cases.

The national nonprofit founder Robert Scheer spoke to about 400 students about his organization, which provides a proper bag, filled with comfort and essential items, to foster children.

Scheer shared his story about being in foster care and being moved around with his stuff in a garbage bag. When he adopted his children, the garbage bags followed the children with their few belongings.

He said all these years later he couldn’t believe foster kids were still moved around with their items in a garbage bag, so he set out to change that with Comfort Cases.

After he shared his story, students packed 500 Comfort Cases for delivery to local nonprofits that help kids in foster care. Cases were donated to Best Foot Forward and ChildNet.

“He was such a hit,” said Anna Krift, an associate professor of international affairs and Director of the Citizenship Program. “We thought he had an incredible story to share.We believed it would connect with the students.”