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'Gramma in a Box' using technology to connect generations

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Posted at 6:22 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 21:22:58-05

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - With dozens of recipes up her sleeve, a Vista grandmother is on a mission to connect generations.

"I found out very easily the way to anybody's heart is through baking!" said Terry Chamberlin.

Chamberlin says she's lucky to be a grandmother to four.

"But then my son had an opportunity to move out of state, he took with him, against my will, three of my grandchildren!"

She was scared to lose connection with her grandchildren, so she got creative.

Chamberlin would send a box of homemade cookies with sides of frosting and sprinkles. Over Skype, she would decorate the cookies with her grandkids.

"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.

When friends started hearing about this, they wanted to do something similar with their loved ones.

Chamberlin decided to start a business, called Gramma in a Box.

For $20, you receive a themed box with three projects. Customers can get a monthly subscription or choose a plan that works best for them.

The cookies come baked, and few household items are needed.

"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."

So far, she has about a hundred customers. For her, success means connecting loved ones.

"I think kids do need a connection with their grandparents," said Chamberlin.

You can learn more about Gramma in a Box here.