BPQ's Big Hearts Charity efforts are open to all BPQ members, both in making the quilts and in attending optional monthly meetings.
Since 1988 Block Party members have been making quilts for the children staying at the Ronald McDonald House while being treated at Seattle Children's Hospital. In that time BPQ members have donated more than 7000 quilts! In recent years the guild has added pillowcases to the list. In addition, a BPQ member and her elves provide holiday cheer by making festive stockings for all the kids at the Ronald McDonald House.
Because of the amazing member support, BPQ added Eastside Baby Corner and Evergreen Hospice to our list of charities receiving donated quilts. Plus, we supply pillowcases to the YWCA Issaquah Highlands, for their "Welcome Baskets" and small flannel quilts for Evan's Embrace.
This is from a mother of a boy who received a BPQ Quilt 13 years ago:
"13 years ago my son, Ed, had surgery on his kidneys at Children's Hospital. He treasured this gift we got from Ronald McDonald House. It never occurred to me to check to see who donated it - until a friend just asked me about it today. Thank you so much. My baby was 11 months old when he went in for his 2nd surgery. I cuddled this blanket while he was in surgery, once he came out of surgery - and I saw he was ok - I collapsed and was rushed to a different hospital with a gallstone stuck in my bile duct and severe pancreatitis as a result. I was hospitalized away from my son for 2 weeks - all while he recovered. But I had put all my love and hugs into that blanket. And he held onto that blanket in the hospital until I was able to hug him again. He is almost 14, and a healthy and active teenager who loves being on the wrestling team, anything STEM and running long distances."