Can you stand some good news for a change?
When we stopped counting yesterday, we had $196,548.67 in our Children's Hospital shoebox, and today's tally will put us over $200,000. With one day left in our campaign, we have a reasonable hope of matching last year's record total of $205,516.64.
There are no blockbusters on today's tally sheet, but what we do have adds up to a substantial sum.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 2536 sent me $5 it made by selling cookies. The $12 that arrived from an FBI unit, the Finder Room in the Automation and Research Section of th Identification Division, was left over from the office coffee fund. The Hungerford Bridge Club collected its $15 one penny at a time from members whose bidding ran on eight cylinders while their trick-taking chugged along on seven.
When the teacher of a Second Grade class in Bowie's High Bridge Elementary School lost her father last week, her pupils expressed their sympathy by collecting $20.62 and sending me the money in memoriam.
"The two main goals of the American Legion Auxiliary are child welfare and the care of veterans," said a note from Alexandria Unit 24, which sent me $25. The Fort Stanton Civic Association also sent in $25.
Amtrak's Corporate Accounting unit gathered up a $30 contribution for the children. A young corporation named Jaynor Inc. (Falls Church) sent $50 to this creaky old fund drive solicitor. The Armstrong High School Alumni Class of 1931, whose members are almost as old (if not as creaky) as I am, also sent in $50.
"This is the profit we made on our Christmas dinner party," explained a note wrapped around a check for $66.37 from the Country Hills Garden Club. Personnel of the Heating Operation and Transmission Area in GSA's Region 3 chipped in $69.
Employees of the AMF Electronics Division are pleased to know that inability to pay is not a basis for turning a child away from Children's Hospital. They passed up a greeting card exchnfw sueinf rhw holisya ro sicwer $110.50 to the hospital.
In the Subject Cataloging Division at the Library of Congress, the vote was to scrub the usual Christmas party so that $113 could be used to provide medical help for needy children. The AIRES Project of the Defense Intelligence Agency dropped $130 on me in appropriate silence. This year's gift from The Clock Shop of Vienna was a timely $142.50.
The Airlines Electronic Engineering Conference held here recently produced a contribution that's worth explaining. The conference was called to write electronic specifications for the avionics gear that will be installed in "a new generation of aircraft." Attending the conference were electronic experts from all over the world.
At their sessions, they decreed fines for anybody who arrived late. At the end of the conference, these nonresidents of Washington decided that the best charity to which they could donate their fine money was out own Children's Hospital. And so $150 arrived yesterday from the group's treasurer, who is headquartered in Kansas.
The Family Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia deals with all aspects of family problems. "Perhaps the most pitiful," says a spokesman, "involves neglected and abused children." The Family Division's gift to children this year: $204.
If you'd like to appeal that decision to a higher court, be advised that the Supreme Court of the United States Police came throug with$213. The SCOTUS police have been supproting the children for years.
Those of you who have followed these accounts may remember that one of the biggest contributions of this campaign came from the men and women of United Airlines, who gave the hospital $2,250. I can now report to you that the company they work for also likes children. When it found $350 left in its corporate charity fund at the end of 1978, the hospital was awarded the leftovers.
Today's biggest group gift came from Agriculture's Communications and Data Services Division (formerly the Data Systems Applications Divesion of the Agricultural Research Service) which didn't exchange $375 worth of intramural cards.
These 20 gifts add up to $2,155.99. If you'd like to know who put us over the $200,000 mark, it was one of the 99 unnamed individuals -- you, perhaps -- whose $2,958.70 in gifts brought today's total to $5,114.69. The amount now in the shoebox is $201,663.36, so we need $3,853.28 to tie last year's mark. Our campaign ends tomorrow.