As we pass the midpoint of our annual fund-raising drive for Children's Hospital, the operative word is roar.

No doubt fueled by Christmas spirit, donations have roared into the mailbox this week. In fact, the checks have been coming so hot and so heavy that, after an early bout of anemia, we have nearly reached the same level as last year's campaign in the same week.

Maybe the surest sign of envelopes-by-the-bagful is that the gang in The Post's mail room has offered to rent me a forklift for the rest of the campaign. They don't make offers like that for no reason.

Here are this week's figures:

Grand total to date: $92,461.89.

Total given this week: $31,553.96.

Donations from individuals to date: 2,272.

Donations from groups to date: 132.

The rate and size of donations is particularly gratifying in light of the flip-flops the economy is doing. We're grateful to every one of you who has dug down deep to come up with even $5 or $10.

Although it has been said, many times, many ways, it is still true that lots of little donations are just as good as a few big ones. For any of you who haven't contributed yet, that's a nudge. Please do. The address appears at the bottom of the column, today and every day throughout the campaign.