There is an empowerment technique that suggests if you visualize a goal, you can achieve it. I confess I've always considered this so much bunk. Imagining myself in a Jaguar convertible has gotten me no closer to one.
And yet, sometimes it works. Take our Children's Hospital campaign. When everything was counted up yesterday, we had surpassed our $600,000 goal, raising $601,166.39 for Children's Hospital.
Washington Post columnist John Kelly is raising money for the Children's National Medical Center, one of the nation's leading pediatric hospitals. You may make a tax-deductible contribution online anytime between Nov. 29th and Jan. 21st. Thank you for your support.
_____By John Kelly_____
The Doctor Is Still In (The Washington Post, Jan 25, 2005)
Answer Man: Free and Forgotten (The Washington Post, Jan 24, 2005)
Treating a Child, Healing a Family (The Washington Post, Jan 21, 2005)
Grown but Not Forgotten (The Washington Post, Jan 20, 2005)
John Kelly's Washington Live (Live Online, Jan 28, 2005)
John Kelly's Washington Live (Live Online, Jan 21, 2005)
John Kelly's Washington Live (Live Online, Jan 14, 2005)
Thank you. I'm moved by your generosity.
Thanks also to the people who have helped so much these past two months. My assistant, Julia Feldmeier, totted up the daily totals and wrote moving stories about Children's patients. Gerri Marmer was traffic cop and troubleshooter for the many donations.
Craig Wilton at US Express arranged for his couriers to whisk group gifts to us. Michael Checkan and Glen Kirsch at Asset Strategies International Inc. turned foreign money and old coins into U.S. funds the bank was happy to deposit. Serena and Andre Chreky again hosted Salon-a-Thon, in the process raising $100,000.
Teresa Jefferson at Children's Hospital was my lifeline to that institution, putting me in touch with patients and doctors. My thanks to the patients, families, nurses, doctors and others who shared their stories.
It is my great hope that none of us will ever need the services of Children's Hospital, but if we do, I'm glad to know it's there.
Finally, thank you to these recent group donors:
Office of Nonproliferation Policy, Department of Defense, Bethesda ($108).
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Retirees Association, Columbia ($100).
Rainbow Kids at Rabbi J. Weinberg Early Childhood Center, Potomac ($33.85).
Society of the Emeriti of George Washington University ($252.50).
Environmental Protection Agency, Silver Spring ($90).
Clam Chowder Singing Group Fans, Bowie ($3,200.81).
Hoffman, Wasson & Gitler PC, Arlington ($14,799).
Somerset Women's Monthly Bridge Group, Fairfax ($100).
St. Margaret's Young Senior Citizens Club, Capitol Heights ($200).
IBSB Bridge Group, Georgetown University ($85.15).
Employees of Shapiro & Co. LLC, Washington ($250).
Deborah C. Sherrill's Third-Grade Class at Orange Hunt Elementary School, Springfield ($25).
Tishman Speyer Properties, Washington ($190).
Communications Workers of America Local 2108, Landover ($1770.50).
Holy Spirit School Second-Grade Class, Annandale ($337).
The Monday Group association executive networking group, Virginia ($1,825).
National Automobile Dealers Association, McLean ($8,442).
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Washington ($350).
The "Oak View Family" of Oak View Elementary School, Silver Spring ($236.84).
St. Jane's Post Cana, Silver Spring ($50).
Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety, Washington ($440).
The National Academies, Washington ($1,400).
Staff of Resources for the Future's External Affairs Department ($60).
Fraternal Order of Police 2F-DC, Washington ($40).
Surfin' Seniors, Delray Beach, Fla. ($40).
Tishman Spire Properties Inc., Washington ($190).
Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Alexandria ($3,016.64).
The Jones Group -- JJ's Hallmark Shops and Lamp Factory Outlets, Springfield ($250).
Montgomery County Senior Sports Association ($660).
Washington Post Metro Copy Desk ($655 from a bake sale).
LMI Government Consulting, McLean ($11,709.30).
Westat Clinical Trials Department ($200).
Families In Support of Home Education ($112.73).
American Red Cross Biomedical Services Operations, Publications Staff ($75).
Department of StateOffice of Language Services ($1,300).
Library of Congress Humanities and Social Services Division ($350).
Oakcrest Towers Funsters Senior Citizens Club ($115).
Helmsmen Toastmasters Club ($20).
La Societe De Femme Cabane 934 ($25).
St. Luke #2 Bowling Team of the Lutheran Bowling League ($50).
Presidents Men ($25).
Alexandria Fire Station 204 A Shift ($170).
Shooter's Hill Ecumenical Carolers, Alexandria ($1,034).
End of the Rainbow Gang ($100).
United Airline Mechanics at Dulles ($750).
Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving ($250).
Shady Grove Fertility ($300.50).
Staff of the Office of the Federal Register ($65).
Sports Medicine Staff at George Washington University ($125).
Islamic Community Center of Laurel Inc. ($300).
Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. Systems Engineering & Technology employees, Columbia, Lanham and Greenbelt ($1,600).
Bradburn Memorial Bible Church, District Heights ($866.47).
Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Sterling ($331).