Dranesville, Beltsville, all around the town/Boys and girls in groupsies/Keep passing hats around . . . .

Children's gets the bucksies/And Levey gets to say/Big thanks to all group donors/May you have a pleasant day . . . .

What's that?

Stick to columnizing?

I guess I'd better -- especially since our annual fund-raising campaign on behalf of Children's Hospital is in the home stretch. And if group gifts keep pouring in the way they have, the finish-line news may be very good, indeed.

These are the latest groups to have sent checks (and to have inspired Levey the Hamhanded Poet):

The Washington office of Laventhol & Horwath ($2,355, more than a third better than this bunch did a year ago).

Progressive Council No. 9, Daughters of America ($10).

Sagasp Enterprises, Falls Church ($10).

Employees of Cerberonics Inc., Baileys Crossroads ($642 in lieu of exchanging Christmas cards).

Employees of Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff, Alexandria ($20.22).

Employees, customers and owners, Mike Moran's Auto Shop, Vienna ($103).

Liff's Market, Southeast ($150).

The staff, Francis T. Evans Elementary School, Clinton ($70).

Department of Pharmacology, George Washington University ($75).

French International School Primary Classes ($200.97, for which special thanks go to Olivier Forget, Philip O'Sullivan and Monboladji Agueh).

Participants in Ethel Huffman's piano marathon ($229).

The staff, Office of Single Family Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ($950).

D.C. Scott-ites ($20).

Transportation Division, Association of American Railroads ($80).

Members and staff, Sterling Fire Department ($40).

Washington, D.C., Alumnae Chapter, Gamma Phi Beta ($95.06).

Model 204 programmers, Georgetown University Hospital ($25).

Lowry Welding Services, Clinton ($25).

Command Post Crew, AT&T, the Pentagon ($395).

Student Government Association, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Center, Beltsville ($133.59).

Belvoir Duplicate Bridge Club ($12).

General Services Department, Sovran Bank/Maryland ($215 instead of exchanging gifts).

Lou-Bon Gems and Rocks, Baileys Crossroads ($100).

Friends at U.S. Department of Transportation, P-34 and 36 ($25 gathered at a New Year's lunch).

The coffee fund, NASA Headquarters Financial Management Division ($200).

Infinite Color, Alexandria ($250).

Engine Company 16, Truck Company 3 and Battalion Fire Chief 6, D.C. Fire Department ($200).

CACI, Inc.-Federal, Arlington ($447 instead of exchanging gag gifts).

The employees, Metro Truck Leasing Inc., Beltsville ($150 in honor of owners Joe and Linda Aluise).

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Colonel Young No. 3 ($100).

Bond Office Services Inc., Woodbridge ($100).

Boy Scout Den 1, Pack 878, Great Falls ($52).

Virginia Data Processing Unit, VaARNG ($100).

The Unisys staff, Patuxent River ($185).

The faculty and staff, Marymount Junior School, Marymount University ($100).

Paulette Morant's Spanish I students, Osbourn High School, Manassas ($16.40).

Coldwell Banker Falls Church residential real estate office ($25).

Dee Lighter's Diet Center in Bowie and its dieters ($100).

Network Administration, NORVA II SCC and RCMAC, C&P Telephone, Arlington ($150).

The Second Tuesday of the Month Bridge Group ($30, with special thanks to Re Bartel).

Staff and clients of Hodge, Slater & Associates, P.C., Gaithersburg ($250).

The Deep-Sea 20 ($300).

The membership, Washington Suburban Master Plumbers Association ($250).

Customers and management, Park Mart, College Park ($263).

Caffeine addicts at Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Arlington District ($15).

Museum assistants, The Phillips Collection ($50).

L. Barrett Contracting Co. Inc. ($500).

Employees, R.F. Weston Technical Support Team, Department of Energy ($299).

Office of General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission ($221).

Free State Post No. 8950 Inc., Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Lanham ($150).

Foster Associates Inc. ($363).

Pennywise Thrift Shop, St. Barnabas Church, Temple Hills ($100).

The employees, Pioneer Press, Rockville ($120 in honor of the boss, Domenic DiBiase).

Staff and friends of Hoffman, Wasson & Fallow, Arlington ($4,588 raised at the annual Christmas party. The donation marks the 17th consecutive year that this festive gang has contributed big dough to help sick kids. Great show -- and special thanks, as always, to Marty Hoffman).

The Maintenance Shop, Arlington County Traffic Engineering ($28).

Employees of the Clinton Branch, Sovran Bank/Maryland ($51).

Staff and friends of the Office of Executive Personnel, Office of Personnel Management ($260 raised at a white elephant auction).

Mrs. Roach's third graders, Haycock Elementary, Falls Church ($63.03).

The Crystal City office of NKF-Sesco ($30.50 by raffling off a chocolate house).

Air Force Retired Officers Wives Bridge Club ($72).

The staff, Giant Food Store No. 176, Herndon ($105).

Potomac Power Cleaning, Frederick ($50).

Defense Security Assistance Agency ($325).

The Foreign Language Department, Georgetown Day High School ($25).

MotorSports Monthly, Waldorf ($25).

The employees, National Advanced Systems, Lanham Facility ($345).

"The ladies" of Barbara Seiger's Jafra class, Upper Marlboro ($35).

The office staff, Neurological Medicine, P.A., Greenbelt ($764).

Silver Spring office, Paine Webber ($125).

Employees, Fairchild Industries, Germantown ($25).

Shayna Schuman's customers, Randolph Medical Center Pharmacy Drug Shoppe, Rockville ($80).

Data Cable Installation Service, Rockville ($100).

Management & Organization Division, U.S. Secret Service ($132.50 in memory of Alice Kelley and Ernst Kirch).

The headquarters staff, Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. ($63).

Mrs. Jackson's and Mrs. Vliet's sixth graders, Westlawn Elementary School, Falls Church ($74).

Warm thanks to each of you.


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