After three weeks of our annual eight-week fundraising campaign on behalf of Children's Hospital, the glass is not half full. It's deliciously, bounteously, sloshingly full.

Despite my constant insecurities, money keeps rolling our way. We're comfortably ahead of where we were at the same time a year ago. Now (here come those insecurities again . . . ) we just need to keep it up.

Here are the Week Three numbers:

Our goal by Jan. 24: $1,000,000.

In hand as of Dec. 19: $239,169.55.

In hand at the same time last year: $92,202.51.

That's a nifty current-year figure by any stretch. And it figures to get niftier. Our campaign always surges during the week that includes Christmas, and it surges again when the deadline looms. So we are on a terrific course.

On the other hand, our goal this year is higher than ever. A million dollars is a major psychological hurdle. Leap it, and who knows how high we can go in the future? Fall short, and it may take years before we finally cross the threshold.

So there's no time like the present. If you've been thinking about giving, but haven't gone and found the trusty checkbook yet, why not do so right now, while you're thinking of it?

If you'd rather contribute online, instructions for how to do that appear below. If you'd like to pledge a gift to your Visa or MasterCard, we're set up to help you in that way, too.

Please remember that you don't have to give every cent in your exchequer to make a difference. This is a little-guy campaign, and if I have anything to say about it, it always will be. If we get enough gifts of $25, we won't have to tear out our hair over how to attract much larger ones.

In the spirit of the holidays, please contribute generously. Let's make happy outcomes possible for Children's patients who might not get the care they need without your help.

Thanks very much.


Make a check or money order payable to

Children's Hospital and mail it to

Bob Levey's Campaign for Children's,

P.O. Box 75528, Baltimore, Md. 21275-5528.


Call Post-Haste at 202-334-9000 on a

touch-tone phone. Then punch in K-I-D-S,

or 5437, and follow instructions.


Go to and follow instructions.