WARSON WOODS, MO (KPLR)- A small business owner in St. Louis is using superhero capes to make a big difference for kids battling disease or disability. It's a combination of altruism and entrepreneurship. And this cape crusader's reach is growing beyond the Gateway City to countries all over the world.
Little Liam Fields is very excited and nothing can ease his suspense, not coloring or even his mom reading his favorite book. He is waiting for a very special delivery.
"This is where the magic happens'.
Meet Robyn Rosenberger, a small business owner making a big difference, one cape at a time.
“Every cape comes in a keepsake box with a welcome package,” explained Rosenberger. “So we really want the kids to know that this cape is actually a symbol that they’re part of a squad. We call it the Tiny Super Heroes Squad.
Tiny Super Heroes is Robyn’s baby and it’s been no small feat. The mother of two started it as a side venture four years ago while working as a software engineer when she wanted to help kids with diseases and disabilities.
"The fact that we can make something that brings families this tangible source of courage and hope is priceless. “It’s been by far the most challenging thing I’ve ever done but also the most rewarding."
Rosenberger’s venture went up, up and away when she was featured on NBC’s Today Show.
"We had 400 orders that day. And I remember it was like a month later and we were going to be on another big station and I was like, I either need to quit my job because I was sewing until one in the morning. I need to quit my job and make this work or I need to quit sending capes."
She took a leap of faith and made the capes her crusade. She applied for a grant from Arch Grants and got it. Now 50 capes a week are flying out of her tiny office in Warson Woods, MO to kids in 16 different countries.
"We’re in a 400 square foot office which is an upgrade from my basement and um...we’re doing well. So I always think about it we’re just gonna go one cape at a time.”
When the capes are done, Robyn sends this hug in a box to its new super hero.
"It just kind of brightens their day and gives them something else to think about besides therapy or going to the doctor," says Liam's mother, Rebecca Fields.
Robyn found out long ago that a seamstress can’t cure the disabilities that affect her special heroes. But she does know that what comes in this box will bring just a little bit of hope.
Fields says, "Someone taking the time out of their day to make something special for a little person is pretty great"
Each cape costs about $30 to $35 dollars. To become a part of the community or buy or donate a cape to a kid that needs one go to https://www.tinysuperheroes.com/.