Now that almost 600,000 copies of Tuesday's paper have been printed and distributed, I find that in it I spelled Suburban Trust's name without the first "b".
I regret the error and make amends in the only way available to me. If you still have a copy of yesterday's column, please insert this extra "b" in the proper place. Thank you.
Today's report on contributions to Children's Hospital begins with $11 received from Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1082. A nonprofit coffee fund in the Local Networking and Office Systems Group of the Commerce Department's Computer Systems Engineering Division accidently made a $15 profit. A $41 check arrived from the Network Operations Control Branch of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centet.
There are four $50 contributions on today's tally sheet. One was from a Virginia square dance club called The Country Squares. Another was from employees of the J.E. Hurley machine and boiler works firm. Still another was accompanied by a note that said, "Happy New Year from A.W.B. Athlete Club." And the fourth resulted from a decision by employees of the Union Label and Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO to forgo a gift exchange.
Personnel in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Army Corps of Engineers, decided not to exchange $58.70 worth greeting cards among themselves. No card exchanges among the staff of the Comptroller, Defense Investigative Sevice, netted $70. Another $70 arrived from the Branch 3 of the Legislation and Regulations Division in the Office of Chief Counsel at IRS. Employees of the Philatelic Sales Branch of the U.S. Postal Service chipped in $98.
We have 15 three-digit contributions today. Also one four-digit job that's a real beauty. Read on.
Employees of Kutak Rock and Huie law firm chipped in $107. Avon representatives in District 655 rang my chimes with a check for $125. Checks totaling $128 arrived with the note "The Office of Budget, OAD, of the General Services Administration, sends Christmas greetings to you and to Children's Hospital." Another GSA unit, the National Liaison Division of the Federal Supply Service, sent me $140 saved by not swapping in-house greeting cards.
When no cards were exchanged in the Administrative Services Division of the Agricultural Department's Food and Nutrition Service, a nutritious $172 came rolling in.A $187.78 transfusion came from the Public Affairs Office of the American Red Cross.
Employees of the Aerospace Industries Association refrained from exchanging $212 worth of holiday cards. No card exchange at the Appalachian Regional Commission diverted $238 to the children.
Fifteen employees of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice went caroling through the corridors just before Christmas and returned to base with $265.
For the third consecutive year, employees of NASA's Scientific and Technical Information Facility held a Christmas bazaar for the benefit of the hospital, and this year the bazaar's profit rose to $300. Members of the Foreign Agricultural Club (they work for DOA's Foreign Agricultural Service) wrote, "We are happy to enclose our check in the amount of $500 for Children's Hospital." But they weren't nearly as happy as I was to receive it.
Instead of sending out individual Christmas cards, the faculty and staff of the University of Maryland's Department of Psychology will express their greetings in their departmental newsletter. Meanwhile they have diverted $530 to me for Children's Hospital. The idea of not exchangeing intramural cards is now well established in the Washington Regional Office of the General Accounting Office, and this year the practice netted the children a tidy $600.
Employees of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration signed one poster-sized Christmas card instead of hundreds of individual cards and thereby raised $718 to provide medical help for a needy child. The fishbowl that is passed for the Children's Hospital at the annual Christmas party in the Martin P. Hoffman law offices this year brought in a whopping $968 from those who attended.
And to top off all these fine contributions, employees of E-Systems, Inc., Melpar Division, rang the bell with a gift of $1,800 - easily the largest of the day.
These 27 group gifts total 7,554.48, and 64 individuals added $1,376 to bring today's total to $8,930.48. We began the day with $55,980.09, so the shoebox now holds $64,910.57. We remain $10,000 behind 1977's pace.