"The day your ugly puss reappeared in the paper, my grin went from ear to ear and all the way around the back of my head," said a note from a Gaithersburg woman who enclosed a check for Children's Hospital. "I sympathize with your efforts to recover from surgery. Our 9-year-old son had a kidney transplant this spring. If it hadn't been for the doctor who diagnosed his condition at Children's Hospital, I wouldn't be writing about him now."
Another check was folded into a letter that said: "For 12 years I read your column every morning with my coffee at the office, and each December I followed your shoebox totals for Children's Hospital. I promised that when I had my first child I'd begin sending a check every year.
"My daughter was born in June, so here is the first check. Unfortunately, here at home I don't get coffee breaks and I can no longer follow your column regularly."
What you young mothers need, madam, is a strong union. It's a wonder to me that the Teamsters haven't organized you yet. Meantime, be advised that 38 of you anonymous individuals have today contributed $1,218 toward paying for the built-in deficit at Children's Hospital.
Lots of group gifts are also at hand. The Wednesday Bridge Group collected 883 pennies as "set" penalties. The Wakefield Home Demonstration Club sent $10 from its treasury. Students at North Bethesda Junior High School earned $14 singing Christmas carols. The George Mason University Cross-Country Team sent in $15.
Volunteer workers at the Touch Toys Workshops for the Visually Handicapped chipped in $20. A terrible thing happened to the College Park Office of Maryland's Division of Parole and Probation: it collected $22 too much for its Christmas party. Fortunately, somebody thought of an excellent remedy for the discrepancy, and I now have the $22.
Ten spirited Bowie girls went caroling on a frosty night and came home with rosy cheeks and $32.06 for the children. "The Ladies of Moderate Sportswear" in the Lord and Taylor store in Falls Church chipped in $40. Checks totaling $58.53 arrived from Salon Jean Paul in the Springfield Mall Garfinckel's.
The Office of Opinions and Review at the Federal Communications Commission raised $60. Several of the regular patrols of the Golden Table Restaurant took up a kitty for the children, and after the house matched their gift the total came to $92. Employees of the Office of Standard Reference Data at the National Bureau of Standards refrained from sending each other $95 worth of holiday cards.
The office coffee fund in the Office of Fiscal Assistant Secretary of the Treasury yielded $100.A collection can placed near the coffee machine in the HEW Employees Federal Credit Union also netted $100.
Employees of the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation exchanged no holiday cards among themselves and the saving came to $103. No card exchange in EPA's Office of Water and Hazardous Materials, Water Program Operations, netted $170.05. In the Data Automation Division at the FCC, the no-cards plan brought in $182.40.
Employees of the Admiral Limousine Service chipped in $100 and the company matched their gift to make the total $200. Several local companies have now set up formal matching programs for charitable gifts