The official scribe of Brownie Troop 1525 (Silver Spring) wrote, "Our Brownie Girl Scout Troop voted to send you $5 for Children's Hospital, which I am enclosing." A $10 check was accompanied by the brief note, "From the Burning Tree Bridge Club."

GSA's Buildings Managers Office did without a Christmas party so that $18 could be sent to me for the children. The Membership Records Section of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees took up a $24 collection. No in-house exchange of holiday cads among employees of the Rockville Glass Service netted $25.

A check for $27.95 arrived with the notation, "From Fort Belvoir OWC Bowling League." I assume OWC stands for Officers' Wives Club and that an apostrophe should follow the "s" in "Officers," but I could be wrong on both counts.

No intramural and exchange at Banner Glass in Rockville brought in $47. Day Supervisors in the Electronic Photocomposition Division of the Government Printing Office chipped in $50. The Veterans (this one doesn't take an apostrophe for reasons I do not understand) Administration Telecommunications Service, Telephone Division (352), sent me $53.

The next letter said, "Please accept this check in the amount of $60.47 from The Lost Weekenders Bowling League of McLean, Va." The Fox Hills West Community (Potomac) sent me $70 and expressed the hope that next year's collection would be bigger. Another $70 arrived from Potomac Resources Group of Rockville, an employment service born a few weeks ago to specialize in office services and data processing personnel.

The Mechanical Force at the U.S Supreme Court handed down an $80 verdict in favor of medical help for needy children. Two more Government Printing Office Units checked in, this time the Voucher Examination Section and the Payroll Section, and the abacus says their checks came to $82. In a year in which contributions are running a bit behind the previous year's pace, the Army Mutual Aid Association came through with $90, an increase over that group's 1977 gift.

We turn the corner into three-digit territory with three contributions of $100 each. The first was from the Employment and Training Administration in the Labor Department's Division of Financial Management. The second was from the old faithful Altrusa Club of Montgomery Country, which never forgests the children. And the third was from Cheverly Post No. 108 of the American Legion, another of the hospital's stalwart supporters.

Thirteen employees of the State Department Federal Credit Union sent me$165 (up $72 from last year) plus a note that promised, "Next year will be even better."

Well, I hope I'll still be here writing these reports nex year and that you'll still be reading them. However, it might be wise to concentrate on getting the job done this year.

Lyon, Conklin & Co., has been supplying sheet metal and building materials to this area for the same length of time Children's Hospital has been making sick children well. This year the firm's employees refrained from sending each other $200 worth of holiday cards. No intramural card exchange in the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department raised $205. The Data Automation Division of the Federal Communications Commission used the no-cards plan to divert $234 to the children.

Employees of R. M. Vredenburg & Co. in McLean used the most productive form of the no-cards scheme: they contributed $201 of their own and had it matched by their company for a total of $402. Employees of the Interior Department's Bureau of Mines raised $435, all of it from their own pockets. Uncle Sugar doesn't match charitable contributions.

Three hefty contributions helped give us a respectable tally for the day. Seventy employees at Tetra Tech, Inc., in Arlington, chipped in $668. A "money tree" was, as usual, part of the Christmas party held by the National Society of Professional Resident Managers, and if you think money doesn't grow on trees you'll just have to revise your thinking. This year's crop was $700.65. And the biggest gift of all for this day came from the "Santa Claus et al" group at the American Council of Life Insurance, which didn't swap $935 worth of in-house cards.

These 27 gifts totaled $4.957.07 by my count, and 52 anonymous individuals added $1,438.75 to bring today's total to $6,395.82. Inasmuch as we began the day with $49,584.27, the shoebox now holds $55,980.09.