Tell readers about yourself and how you discovered Flagler County.
My name is Tiffany Grimes. I grew up in Volusia County and had always loved Flagler County. Once it was time for my children to enroll in Public Schools, I made the move to Flagler County to ensure they would receive the best education possible.
What is your profession and why do you enjoy it?
I am currently a Legal Assistant with Chiumento Law in Palm Coast. I enjoy my job because I get to help people with many different issues in their life. I see some people on their worst days and their best. At the end of the day, they are receiving legal help that they need to situate many different matters in their life.
How did you become involved with the TEARS Foundation and the local walk efforts?
In 2012, my daughter Hailey passed away in her sleep at only 7 weeks old. There were not a lot of resources for families after the loss of a child. I wanted to become more involved in advocating and raising awareness. To get this initiative started, we held garage sales, bake sales, and received donations from family to help plan our daughter’s funeral. I just knew if I struggled with this, others would too. In 2013, I saw the Florida Chapter of the TEARS Foundation flyer in my doctor’s office and attended my first walk. In 2014, I became a volunteer and have helped hundreds of families honor their children and provide them with a place to not feel alone. These walks are held each year to help other grieving families pay for a proper burial of their children.
Why is this organization important in our community and how can it help others?
Being a bereaved parent is one of the hardest things to endure in life. One in four pregnancies ends in child loss. Some parents experience a tragedy or health issues with their child, and it happens more often than people realize. Our mission with the TEARS Foundation is to spread the word to our community that these bereaved parents are not alone. We rally together to show support. Our annual Rock and Walk allows parents, friends, and neighbors to gather to celebrate our babies taken from us too soon and provides a safe space to feel understood. Our events are full of memories, tears, hugs, and support.
What is taking place on October 8 and how can people help support the event?
On October 8th at 4 pm at Central Park in Town Center, the Florida Chapter of the TEARS Foundation will be hosting the annual Palm Coast Rock and Walk. The heart of Rock & Walk is to let bereaved families know they are not alone. We strive to build awareness about pregnancy, infant, and child loss by bringing the community together to support these families. As we rock in chairs or walk laps together, we honor the children whose names appear on butterflies lining the path and are reminded that we can find hope. We celebrate their lives by coming together as a community and rallying around these families. We hope you will join us in supporting these families and honoring their children. To register or get your tickets you can visit: https://give.thetearsfoundation.org/event/2023-florida-rock-and-walk-palm-coast/e471262 For more information you can email Floridachapter@thetearsfoundaiton.org or call 386-679-1568