The Unforgettables Foundation (TUF) received a $25,000 grant from the  H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation as the March recipient of the Coachella Valley Spotlight. The Unforgettables Foundation offers financial support to low-income families struggling to afford a dignified, appropriate funeral, burial or cremation for their child who died. TUF helps families for all causes of childhood death from 30 weeks gestation to 18 years old, regardless of gender, race or religion.

The organization, which was founded in 2000, receives about four requests for burial or cremation assistance in the Coachella Valley each month. TUF aids families with the financial burden during a difficult time and also provides emotional and spiritual direction, as needed.

“The days following the death of a child are some of the darkest,” said Tim Evans, Chaplain and Co-founder of TUF, which is identified as the most established charity of its kind in the U.S. “This gift from the Berger Foundation and the exposure from CBS Local 2 is practically immeasurable in how it will impact families in the Coachella Valley after the death of a child. We are extremely grateful to receive this award.”

TUF has assisted cases of a deceased child in every desert city from Desert Hot Springs to Thermal, and everywhere in-between. Among the families that request assistance, birth-related deaths are the most common, followed by accidents and cancer.

“Losing a child is a blow like no other. The Unforgettables is stepping in and giving people in our area a hand-up, when they can barely stand on their own,” said Christopher McGuire Vice President of Programs for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation.

TUF has affiliate offices in the Inland Empire and the Hi Desert, but the grant will be used for requests in the Coachella Valley, where an average of 36 cases per year have been assisted for the past five years.

“Because The Unforgettables is largely volunteer-based, sharing how families are impacted with this support is an important component of the Coachella Valley Spotlight. We hope that awareness of The Unforgettables’ mission of mercy will help other families through a difficult time,” said Mike Stutz, General Manager of Gulf California Broadcast Company, which owns and operates CBS Local 2.

The Unforgettables Foundation was featured on CBS Local 2’s “Eye on the Desert” as well as in public service announcements and on the www.cbslocal2.com website throughout the month of March. For more information about the organization visit www.theunforgettables.com or call their 24/7 help hotline at 760-837-7373.