The Wakefield Home Demonstration Club has sent me $5 for Children's Hospital, and a latecomer at NASA has added $10 to the contribution previously credited to that agency.
"Office Goofs" has sent in a check for $12, and despite my curiously I must accept it with no questions asked. I might discover that I'm an honorary member of that group - and in arrears.
Personnel in the 911 Emergency Center in Prince George's County refrained from exchanging $12.25 worth of in-house holiday cards. Third Graders in Room 100 of the Nonaffiliated Jewish Sunday School were told by their teacher to find jobs and earn their contribution to Children's Hospital so that they would learn what it means to work and earn and share. So they raked leaves and did chores and gathered together a hard-won $18.75.
Carolers who sang along Stratford Avenue in Fairfax were rewarded with $20.30. Second Graders in Room 215 of Havfield Elementary School (Alexandria) somehow managed to miss out on the schoolwide collection but now add their $22 to the previously announced total for Hayfield.
The Permits Processing Section of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commissio weighed in with $25. Another $25 arrived from the Almas Temple Clowns some of whom you'll probably watch as they enterain the crowds along the parade route on Inaugural Day. There was no intramural card exchange in Food and Drug's Division of Federal-State Relations, and $45 was thereby diverted to provide medical help for children from needy families.
The Aurora Facility of the Army's Harry Diamond Laboratories in Adelphi chipped in $47. The collection at ERDA's Division of Oil, Gas, and Shale Technology came to $56,80, and if you haven't had your second cup of coffee yet and can't remember what ERDA stands for, I'll give you one hint: Energy Research and Development Administration.
The Finance Division of HEW's Social and Rehabilitation Service got up a kitty of $68 for the children. In the U.S. Office of Education, personnel in the Right to Read Effort decided not to send each other $86 worth of Christmas cards. At professional Business Management, Inc., it was a gift exchange that staffers decided to eliminate, with the result that $90 came to my desk for the hospital with the built-in deficit.
Employees of Burton, Parsons & Co., Inc., exchanged no intra-office cards to move us into three digit territory, with $104. The Construction Specifications Institute gave our abacus a $120 boost. The National Liaison Division of GSA raised the ante to $121. The Canadian Club of Washington forwarded a neighborly $150.
Members of the Charles Young Elementary School "family" shipped in $171 worth of checks from 24th and Benning NE. Instead of sending each other holiday cards, staffers in the Smithsonian Science Information Exchange posted one large, home-made card on their bulletin board and sent me the $222.50 they saved through that maneuver.
As is their custom, personnel in the Hoffman, and Sandler law offices put out a Children's Hospital fishbowl during their Christmas party, and the fishing through the ice cubes was pretty good. At the end of the party, there was $410 in the fishbowl. A thick wad of checks that added up to $426 arrived from the Department of Agriculture's Federal Grain Inspection Service (which used to appear in these accounts as the Grain Division of the Agricultural Marketing Service).
Easily the biggest contribution of the day came from ERDA, and if you still don't remember what those initials stand for now that you've had your second cup of coffee, I don't know what we're going to do with you. We may have to sentence you to reread this entire column.
As part of their Operation Needy Family program, ERDA employees held a book sale that provided gifts of food, clothing and toys to 399 needy children and adults and still had $400.11 to spare for its 400th beneficiary, Children's Hospital. A tip of the hat to the men and women at the Energy Research and Development Administrations.
The abacus tells me that the 24 groups on which I have reported today have contributed $3,167.71, and that 32 individuals, never identified here, have added $851 to bring today's total receipts to $4,018.71. Having suspended our tally at $94,932.18 on Friday, we now have $48,950.89 in the shoebox. Tomorrow we'll give the abacus a rest, and then on Wednesday we'll see whether there's enough in the mail to put us over the $100,000 mark.