My exhortantions to District Liners about the damage being done to the dollar by inflation have finally yielded some results. Our annual fund drive for Children's Hospital must raise at least 12 percent more than Bill's effort last year just to provide the same amount of service as last year.
Consequently, the following message was received with great delight: "Here is a check for $62 -- our usual $50 plus something for inflation.
Now there's an example for all District Liners. We asked for 12 percent, and this anonymous individual responded with a 24 percent increase.
Another reader must be vying for the "most original personal fund-raising award." His wife sent me a letter explaining how her spouse collected $30 for the young patients at Children's Hospital.
"Every year my husband grows a mustache while on vacation, and then shaves it off when he returns to work. This year he allowed all his friends the privilege of taking part in the removal at a dollar a snip at the Md. U./Penn. State football game.
"We matched the $15 so earned, and Children's Hospital gets the total."
Permit me to say that I don't think I would trust my friends to undertake such a delicate operation at a football game. But I certainly applaud any method used to raise money for Children's Hospital. Next year please start your mustache before the vacation so there will be more to "snip."
Instead of responding to the call to send Christmas cards to the American hostages being held in Iran one District Liner mailed me $10 "in the name of our hostages who are being held so unfairly."
I am, of course, equally incensed over the situation and would do anything to change it. However, since the delivery of any mail sent to the hostages is questionable at best (and what gets through has been censored by the "students"), this leader's solution voices both her concern for our countrymen and contributes to a problem we can do something about.
A $15 donation arrived to honor two surviving graduates of the 1917 class of the Children's Hospital School of Nursing. The two have remained close friends since graduation, and still live in the Washington area.
Another check for $15 was sent "To my Mother's memory, who, having helped raise her mother's youngest, her husband's young sister, her own three, and her daughter's daughter, still loved children."
Along with these and 84 other checks from individuals (who are never named here) came eight gifts from groups or organizations.
Members of the Mother's Group that meets at Christ Methodist Church in Arlington gathered $10 through the sale of "Every Mother is a Working Mother" T-shirts.
Four musicians who make up the Mohican Hills String Quartet combined to contribute $20 to the patients. Another $20 was given by the Orleans Way Bridge Girls, a group of card-playing neighbors in Kensington.
The little women of Junior Girl Scout Troop 1090 earned $21.95 by doing "odd jobs at home." Nothing beats combining practical experience with meaningful results, as these youthful contributors did.
Camera bugs in the Photo Section of The American Red Cross chipped in $30 for Children's Hospital.
The members of the Los Alegres Social Club resumed participation in our annual fund after missing last year. They earned $50 through an unnamed "special project."
A generous contribution of $61 arrived from the employees of the Controller's Division of American Security Bank. They wrote, "We hope that this small token will make Christmas a little brighter for the children." t
Striving to provide the funds for medical care for children without regard for their financial status is the purpose of this column. Every contribution helps achieve that goal, and makes the whole year a little brighter.
Employees of the Compliance Division of the Federal Grain Inspection Service, USDA, collected $150 by maintaining a coffee fund for the office "under the watchful eye" of a colleague.
Our eight groups combined today to add $362.95 to the shoebox. Another 84 gifts for Children's Hospital arrived from an equal number of District Liners. Their gifts totaled $2,530.53. Together these sums add up to $2,893.48. Our last total, on Saturday, was $17,266.74, so now the shoebox holds $20,160.22. So finally we have over $20,000 "under the belt." That's less than ten percent of the total I hope to accumulate by the end of the drive on Jan. 31, 1980. With the continued support of concerned District Liners, I'm sure we can top last year's total and keep up with inflation.
Once again, I'll repeat my address. Please send your tax-deductible check, payable to Children's Hospital, to: Scott Chase, c/o The Washington Post, 1150 15th st., NW. Washington, D.C. 20071. Thank you very much.