Operation Family Care

Operation Family Care is this year's Guild Association-wide "heartwarming" drive to collect gift cards and groceries for families in need. Your efforts will help to provide the essentials families need while they're at the hospital and ensure that children return home to a safe environment so they can recover from illness and injury.

Our goal is to collect 20 bags of groceries per month (valued at approximately $25 per bag) and $5,000 in gift cards. Our "stretch goal" is to raise an additional $5,000 in cash. The cash contributions will assist with other vital needs, such as stabilizing a family's utility bills or purchasing a bed for a child who would otherwise sleep on the floor.

Here are things to keep in mind when collecting gift cards:

  • Gift cards of $15 to $25 are best.
  • Safeway cards are preferred for groceries, and 76 station cards are preferred for gas.
  • Other retailers' gift cards can be used to support families during the holiday program.

Send gift cards or checks to:

Operation Family Care
Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association
M/S S-200
PO Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

If your guild would like to sign up to provide a month of groceries, email Melissa Cardenas or call 206-987-6806 for more information and a list of specific items.

Paying Dues Makes a Difference

Paying your guild membership dues * is an easy way to make a difference for kids. Last year, dues payments contributed $141,000 to Seattle Children's.

  • Check your mail. You will receive a letter requesting dues renewal by Nov. 15.
  • Pay by mail or online. Use the return envelope to pay your dues by mail, or simply renew online.
  • Encourage your fellow members. Add "dues renewal" as an agenda item for your guild's next meeting, and then encourage everyone to pay dues during the meeting; elect one person to mail in the envelopes. Set a goal for your guild to have 100% paid dues this year.

* Regular membership dues are $25 annually; senior and junior membership dues are $10. Lifetime membership dues are a one-time $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for couples.

Meet the Stillborn Still Loved Guild

Stillborn Still Loved Guild Membership News

GAPPS Executive Director Dr. Craig Rubens (far left), with founders of the Stillborn Still Loved Guild (from right) Ashley Kimberly, Abbie Smith, Ralph Morton and Keli Hansen. The Stillborn Still Loved Guild is also the largest guild - 81 members - to have 100% paid dues.

The Stillborn Still Loved Guild was founded in 2011 by four parents who felt compelled to create change after each had lost a child. The guild's mission is to honor the lives of stillborn babies through advocacy, awareness and support.

Its first event, Swirl & Sip, was a wine tasting and silent auction held May 20 at Grand Cru in Bellevue. Nearly 100 guests helped raise more than $35,000 to benefit the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS). GAPPS, an initiative of Seattle Children's, leads a collaborative, global effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions that will improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes around the world.

Expansion Update: New Signage and Art at the Hospital

Seventh Floor, Forest Zone

The new wayfinding system includes signage with corresponding artwork for floor number and zone; shown here is an example for the seventh floor in the Forest zone.

This fall we reach another exciting milestone in the journey to expand the hospital: in October we'll begin installing the signage and some of the directional art for a brand-new wayfinding system that will make it easier to navigate the Seattle campus. The new system embraces the entire campus, including the new expansion that begins two stories below the existing facility.

There will be four zones: Forest, River, Mountain and Ocean. The icons, colors and artistic elements for each zone will provide at-a-glance recognition of where one is in the facility while reflecting some of the Pacific Northwest's geographic variety and evoking natural, nurturing environments. Artwork throughout the facility will offer imagery that calms, tells stories and engages people of all ages.

Feedback from patients, families and staff influenced the choice of zone names and the design of icons and art. Installation should be complete in winter 2013, and the new facility is scheduled to begin welcoming patients in spring 2013.