A check for $25 has arrived from Cheverly. Pinned to it is a note that says, "This is just a token of thanks to Children's Hospital for the care they gave our little grandson in August. Without them, he wouldn't have made it."
Another $25 check is at hand from District Heights. This one was accompanied by a letter that said, "Our precious granddaughter is still bringing joy to our lives because of the alertness of the doctors and nurses in the emergency rooms at old Children's Hospital."
For years I have been under the impression that mine were the World's Greatest Grandchildren, but apparently a few other people have that same notion. Perhaps we're all correct. At least a dozen of today's 69 contributions from individuals carried similar messages.
The checks enclosed in those letters came to a total of $2,824.10. If you've wondering where the dime came from, it was part of a $2.10 refund check sent to a reader who promptly endorsed it over to the hospital.
Contributions from office groups and formal organizations are beginning to pick up in number as Christmas nears. We can begin today's review of them by nothing that the General Accounting Office Executive Wives added $15 to the gift previously reported here. The Coffee Fund maintained by the Accounting Department at Radiation Systems, Inc., in McLean, also produced a $15 check for the children. "A couple of stage managers at WRC-TV" managed to round up $18.50, and thereby made NBC our top-rated network so far. The Permits Processing Section of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission piped in $35 worth of medical help for a needy child.
Dognab my hide if the Cuss Box in the Infromation Office at the U.S. Geological Survey didn't produce a $40 profit for the children. And another check for $40 arrived from Charlottesville together with the explanation, "The Moosetrap is a household of Christian students at the University of Virginia. Instead of exchanging Christmas presents this year, we have decided to give the money to Children's Hospital."
The 16 members of the Benefit Bridge Club (Falls Church-McLean) put a penny in the pot for every undertrick (two pennies if the contract is doubled), and each December they send me all the loot. This year it came to $54-"not because we're such poor players, but because we play a lot." Vagrant thought: What happens on redoubles?
The Division of Compliance and Industry Programs at the Food and Drug Administration has again decided not to engage in an intra-office exchange of holiday cards, and the $64 saved by that decision will now be put to work on behalf of a needy child.Employees of Dominion Federal Savings and Loan Association at Tysons Corner added $73 to the coffers of the hospital with the built-in deficit.
The Community Woman's Club held "an unusually profitable yard sale" this year, and was therefore able to increase its contributions to local charities. Children's Hospital got $100 of the proceeds this year.
A tip of the hat to employees of the Flight Standards Service of the Federal Aviation Administration. This is their 16th consecutive year of not exchanging greeting cards among themselves, and their contribution to the hospital this year is $105.0k. It is sobering to think about the many lives they have touched in 16 years.
At the Southern Railway Company, personnel in the Office of the Treasurer decided not to exchange intramural greeting cards this year, and a tidy saving of $108 materialized. The Food and Drug Administration makes today's tally for a second time with $135 to the credit of its Division of Drug Chemistry. Personnel there exchanged no cards for the eighth straight year. No card exchange in the Office of Program Management of the Labor Department's Unemployment Insurance Service put $200.25 to work on behalf of children whose families need help with big hospital bills.
The Corporate Accounting Department of American Finance Management Corp. held its annual Christmas Bazaar a few days ago and netted a $292 profit with it - and that turned out to be today's largest group gift.
If my cordless abacus is to be trusted, these 15 group gifts add up to $1,294.80. When we add this sum to the $2,824.10 received from individuals, we reach a total of $4,118.90 for the day. And having ended last week with a count of $18,206.41, we now have $22,325.31 in the shoebox.