Terry Chamberlin was happy enough to be a simple grandmother to four.
But when her son suddenly moved to Seattle and took three of her grandchildren with her, little did she know that her efforts to stay connected with her out-of-state grandchildren would open up an opportunity to let other generations stay connected as well.
Watch to find out how she connects with her grandchildren!
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Chamberlin has always loved to bake and can call on dozens of recipes to cook up treats that her grandchildren just loved.
“I found out very easily the way to anybody’s heart is through baking!” she said.
“But then my son had an opportunity to move out of state, he took with him, against my will, three of my grandchildren!”
Afraid her grandchildren would drift apart from her, she cooked up something else to stay connected with them.
What she did was send regularly send her grandkids a box of homemade cookies with packaged frosting and sprinkles. Once the kids received the box, she would go on Skype with them and they’d decorate the cookies together.
“It’s so hard at Christmas time or their birthday to buy them a gift if you don’t know them very well. So by staying connected by Skype, you get to see what they like and what shirts they’re wearing and what their favorite color is,” said Chamberlin.
As soon as Chamberlin’s friends found out what she was doing, they told her they wished to do something similar with their faraway loved ones.
And thus, the idea for Gramma in a Box was born.
With $20 comes a themed box that has three projects. Customers can choose a monthly subscription or a plan that suits them.
The cookies already come baked and don’t need much in terms of household items.
“The time you get to spend with your children or your grandchildren, or standing back and watching them be creative, that’s worth more than $20 a month to me.”
To date, she already has roughly a hundred customers but her true measure of success is staying connected to loved ones.
“I think kids do need a connection with their grandparents,” said Chamberlin.
To learn more about Gramma in a Box, go here.