TEARS Cares Emergency Relief Fund Fund

ABOUT THE NEED

As the world shudders through the COVID19 pandemic, low-income, newly bereaved families are disproportionately impacted.  Delivery at hospitals exposes them to greater risk of contracting COVID-19, valuable family and community support of gathering together has been deferred because of social distancing, and the financial burden on low-income families to lay their child to rest has been further increased as economic hardships and safety restrictions cause them to choose between housing and food over their precious child. To address this urgent need, TEARS is offering emergency support (food, rent, utility assistance) for those impacted by COVID-19, increasing virtual and one-on-one phone support, and meeting the increased needs of financial assistance. TEARS recognizes that these times are hard on all of us, but together we can support and bring hope and healing to the most vulnerable, the bereaved parent, who has already experienced the most devastating loss a parent can experience.

EMERGENCY RELIEF

Emergency assistance (food, rent or utilities relief) to bereaved families financially affected by COVID-19 in your community.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
To offer increased access to emotional support through virtual support groups, 24/7 phone support, and live social media events for families.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT
To offer financial support for infant funerals and additional resources to assist families as they plan funerals to honor their baby.

EMERGENCY RELIEF

Emergency assistance (food, rent or utilities relief) to bereaved families financially affected by COVID-19 in your community.
 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

To offer increased access to emotional support through virtual support groups, 24/7 phone support, and live social media events for families.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

To offer financial support for infant funerals and additional resources to assist families as they plan funerals to honor their baby. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP RAISE FUNDS
You can raise funds directly for this program here
and/or register for a TEARS Rock & Walk
10% of all TEARS Rock & Walk fundraising efforts will go to offer emergency assistance (food, rent or utilities relief) to bereaved families financially affected by COVID-19 in your community.
 
How you can help:
 
1. Register for a TEARS Rock & Walk event www.thetearsfoundation.org/walk 
2. Create a personal or team fundraising page after you register (follow the prompts)
3. Share and invite your friends, family, and co-workers to support your efforts!
 
As always, funds raised for the Rock & Walk will assist newly grieving families with financial funeral assistance & emotional support in your community.
 
In addition this year, 10% of proceeds will go directly to the TEARS Cares Relief Fund to support struggling bereaved families in your area with emergency assistance. 

Once the goal of the Bereaved Families COVID-19 Support Fund has been satisfied, The TEARS Foundation will distribute donations where the need is greatest to support bereaved families.

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