Who says the old year had a case of the blues and the blahs? We have just rung it out in a style to which I could easily become accustomed.

Our annual fund-raising drive on behalf of Children's Hospital turned in its best week yet between Christmas and New Year's. It was also the best single week in the 35 years that The Washington Post has been conducting the campaign.

The numbers, please, maestro:

Grand total to date: $181,044.06.

Total given this week: $72,496.96.

Individual donors to date: 2,816.

Group donors to date: 429.

At the same time in last year's campaign, we had collected slightly more than $161,000. So we are running about 12 percent ahead of the record-breaking 1981-82 performance, with three weeks to go.

However, that 12 percent improvement is not as cheery a statistic as it may appear to be. Inflation will consume most of that "increase" as soon as I turn your checks over to the hospital.

So the campaign is actually about even with last year's in terms of how much benefit your dollars will bring the hospital and its patients. That means that more is required and requested.

If you haven't made a contribution yet, won't you do so today? As I calculate it from the TV listings, you'll have five halftimes between dawn and dusk during which you can spend a minute writing a check. If you're a football hater, you've got no excuse whatsoever.

Please give today. The kids at Children's need your help -- on this holiday, and every day.

To contribute to the campaign:

Make a check or money order payable to Children's Hospital and mail it to Bob Levey, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 20071.