We are proud that our community generously supports these efforts. In fiscal year 2018 alone, we received more than 27,400 individual gifts totaling more than $1,665,000.

Caring Employees: The Blessing Foundation Difference

Blessing caregivers are on the frontlines of patient care. Caregivers are the first to identify patients’ needs and begin the process of getting help for them from the Blessing Foundation.

Perhaps because they see how we help patients every day, our employees donate so generously to the Blessing Foundation. Employees contribute through:

  • The Caring Club: This unrestricted fund helps patients when no other fund meets their needs. In 2018, Blessing employees contributed more than $140,000 and counting to the Foundation.

  • Volunteer projects: Besides providing more than excellent patient care, many Blessing employees also donate their time to helping our patients.

Blessing Foundation Highlight: Merrick Family Medical Crisis Fund

When Dr. Robert and Kay Merrick’s son was born prematurely, they experienced firsthand what many parents of critically ill children go through. Their son spent two weeks in a neonatal unit in Springfield, Illinois, and the couple had to travel from Quincy to Springfield every day.

The Merricks were fortunate to have the resources for these daily trips. However, after speaking to the nurses, they learned that many parents couldn’t afford the daily trip. Many had to either sleep at the hospital or miss visiting their sick child every day.

“That’s when we came up with the idea. We wanted to keep families together to help them grow stronger in a time of crisis,” said Dr. Merrick. He and his wife Kay set up the Merrick Family Medical Crisis Fund to support families with children who go to another town for a higher level of pediatric care.

The fund provides up to $500 per family to help with:

  • Lodging

  • Transportation

  • Food

Why I Give to the Caring Club

Steve Felde, senior communications specialist, public relations & communications, Blessing Hospital

“I care about patients. The Blessing Foundation uses Caring Club dollars only when the patient has no other alternative to meet their needs. Giving to the Caring Club is a way to thank God for the good health and good fortune my family and I enjoy, and a way to honor and provide needed support to those who are struggling.”


Our online donation form makes it easy to choose a fund and make a gift in your name or in honor of a loved one. Make your donation today. If you would prefer to mail your donation, send it to the address below:

The Blessing Foundation
1121 Broadway
PO Box 7005
Quincy, Illinois 62305

Contact Us

For more information about the Blessing Foundation or to discuss a donation or gift, call (217) 223-8400, ext. 4800, or email us at blessingfoundation@blessinghealthsystem.org. Correspondence can also be sent to the address below: 

The Blessing Foundation
1121 Broadway
PO Box 7005
Quincy, Illinois 62305