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Category: Misc.

The Shape Of a Mother’s Love

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on May 9, 2019

Mothers can come in all shapes and sizes. Besides biological moms, we can have stepmothers, grandmothers who raise their grandchildren as their...

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Autism Awareness Month

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Apr 18, 2019

This month, we are highlighting a particular group of very special individuals that TIFF’s Initiative would benefit: those who can't or might not be able to provide contact information in an emergency. Those like Julian, Christine’ nephew who is autistic and does not speak. He often goes out on little excursions with his grandmother, Barbara Olson. If, for whatever reason, there was a situation or accident and Barb was...

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Kentucky is Onboard!

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Apr 4, 2019

Last week, TIFF’s Initiative expanded its area of influence when we went live in Kentucky, only a few months after beginning the process of introducing the initiative to the state legislature. Since our goal is to be active and growing in every state, this is a big win for TIFF! We’re now in seven states, with the expectation of adding Texas, Indiana and Pennsylvania soon. As people learn about TIFF, they discover that the need for...

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The Day I Discovered I Need TIFF

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Jan 11, 2018

I’ve been writing about TIFF for a while now, always with the conviction that everyone needs this system in place in their lives. I’ve told Christine Olson’s story, I’ve recounted several other stories of people who lost loved ones and can see the purpose and reason for quick response times. I’ve interview our county’s sheriff to learn what happens at an accident scene, so I can better inform you, our...

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Tiffiany: A Remembrance

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Dec 17, 2018

She's not gone... she's just elsewhere.

This is the reminder Christine Olson lives with daily that helps her turn her grief into purpose and her tragedy into hope for others.

She was just spending a quiet evening at home alone. After checking on her grown kids and knowing they were with their friends, Christine came home from work to drink a cup of tea while watching a PBS documentary on Pope John Paul. When the show ended...

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Awards and Perseverance

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Nov 20, 2018

Like most great ideas, it started with a question on a legal pad. “What do you think about putting emergency contacts in your driver’s license?” And just like that, TIFF’s Initiative was born. Last Friday night, Christine Olson and the TIFF team participated in a local gala where the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the Best Non-Profit of the Year, as well as the Best Small, Medium and Large Businesses...

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How do you prepare for the unpreparable?

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Last week, we reflected on the 16th anniversary of 9/11, when our nation was thrown into turmoil and grief over senseless terrorist attacks on our own soil. Floridians also...

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Safe Travels!

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Aug 2, 2018

We say this all the time to friends and family as they set out on a vacation or journey, but do we ever actually take steps to ensure safety? As we pulled out of the driveway in our rented minivan, my fiance said a quick prayer over us for safe travels. We were embarking on a 16-hour overnight drive to visit his family with five kids in tow. We needed all the help we could get. Knowing that any adventure includes a fair amount of risk, we also...

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Generosity

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Mar 27, 2018

Tonight as I pen this post, our fearless leader, Christine Olson, is representing this brave initiative at one of our area's most prestigious charitable fundraisers. Generosity, hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, will line up the brightest and most deserving non-profits in four counties for businesses across the nation to support. Representatives of each...

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Hearts Out Of Orbit

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Mar 13, 2018

“To have a child is to have your heart go walking around outside of your body.” Not too long after the second of my three daughters was born, I heard this quote. With a toddler and a newborn orbiting my life constantly, I had never heard more truth spoken. I was surrounded by other moms with small children then, too. We were navigating these new waters together and life was...

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Those Irrational “Mom” Thoughts…

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Feb 20, 2018

Anytime I find myself unable to fully control a situation my kids are in, I tend to imagine the worst possible scenario. It seems to be a coping mechanism, and I imagine I’m not alone in my thinking. Moms, do you picture the house suddenly catching on fire the minute you leave the kids alone for a quick trip to the grocery store? Do you know for a fact they WILL be kidnapped if...

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Why I Love Being Stuck In Traffic

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Feb 6, 2018

While most of the country is complaining about driving in dismal winter conditions, here in sunny Florida we encounter a totally different issue with winter driving: snowbirds. From October through April, the number of cars on the road increases by 20-30% due to the influx of winter residents- those individuals who migrate south for the winter to avoid the cold. Restaurants and local...

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A More Meaningful Valentine

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: Misc.
Posted on Feb 14, 2018

This particular holiday can conjure up so many emotions in different people. The forlorn, downcast, and unlucky-in-love seek to simply survive the barrage of pink and red candy hearts on every aisle of every store. The newly-attached enthusiastically draw on their creative juices to exhibit their significant feelings for their significant other. Personally, my favorite part of...

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