The Children's Hospital building on Michigan Avenue was dedicated and occupied in 1977.

In anticipation of the event, a pamphlet entitled "The Challenge of a New Beginning" listed the reasons for constructing the new facility and cited the advantages it would provide to doctors and patients alike.

All of us face the beginning of the '80s. Some welcome the future with hope. Others are not optimistic about the lack of direction that seems to hold sway in most of the world.

But if you're looking for a place with a definite idea of its purpose, look no further than Children's Hospital. Ask the director, Dr. Robert H. Parrott, about the future and he'll sum it up for you in terms that subtly incorporate the knowledge and capabilities of the present with the unlimited horizons of the future.

"To keep the well child well and to restore to the highest level possible the health and potential of the child who is ill. This, then, is the art and science of pediatrics as practiced at Children's Hospital," he has said.

Children's Hospital is described as a "resource, for the Nation's Capital, for the region, for the nation, and for the world. It is one of only 16 major pediatric centers in the United States, and its physical plant is the most modern of these." Thus the highest possible level of health care is the reality of the hospital.

During our annual fund-raiser for the hospital, we try to present news and comments about the work being done there while simultaneously giving credit to the District Liners, both as anonymous individuals and as organized groups, who support our campaign. This information is transmitted to the general public through "For the Love of Children" to recognize and encourage our participants and in the hope that it will spark similar responses.

Children's Hospital really is as nice and the staff as personal as Bill Gold has been saying these past 30 years. Before the drive started on Dec. 1, I read the columns he had written in the past few years. It only took a few visits for me to become a complete believer.

Yesterday I promised to get right into the backlog created by an almost-active-enough pipeline. It can never run too fast or too full, but it can keep me busy. Today it delivered contributions totaling $3,925 from 90 anonymous District Liners and an additional $1,453 sent by 15 organizations. Today's total is $5,378.

"Staffers of the Giant Supermarket and Pharmacy, Diamond Square, Gaithersburg" sent $6 and aplogized for the small amount. It turns out that another employee was coordinating a fund-raiser that sapped our reader's efforts.

Members of Radiation Systems' Accounting Department raised $17 to assist needy children. Friends who work at the WSSC's Survey and Construction offices chipped in $28. No exchange of cards yielded $33 from employees of Banner Glass, Inc.

Friends of the hospital at the Beltsville Fence Co. sent $40. A gift of 50 cents for every key on a piano brought $44 from the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild. They issued a challenge to the D.C. chapter to match their gift. Well . . .?

H & S Caterers forwarded $50 to the free care fund. Another $50 came from a group of veterans of the former U.S. Civil Service Commission who still meet on occasion. The money-movers of the Viers Mill Branch of Suburban Trust Co. were represented by a $60 contribution. "The Technical Support Group of First Service Co. decided to forgo exchanging Christmas cards this year," began their letter. Included was a $70 check for the hospital.

Employees of Peoples Drug Store No. 288, located in Silver Spring, set up a "money tree" for customers and employees alike. The tree hauled in $101 for the hospital. An "in lieu of" gift of $112.50 came from the staff of the Washington Sales office of the Tab Products Co. Another unusual denomination, a check for $116.50, arrived from veteran District Liners belonging to the Crystal Silver Age Group No. 8.

A check for $125 came as a combined gift from seven square and round dancing clubs. They were the Arlington Senior Citizens, Cavaliers, Good & Plenty, Rapp a Rounders, Round-a-bouts, Roundets, and the Rossmoor Rounders. My fingers danced across the keyboards to get you all in.

The big one today went to the traditionally generous folks at System Development Corp.'s Washington Operating Branch. These good people raised $600 through the non-exchange of cards.

We've set our sights high for 1980. Inasmuch as the total yesterday was $86,074.94, with today's effort we advance to a figure of $91,402.94.

Please send mail to: Scott Chase, c/o The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.

A few full mailbox mornings would make it worthwhile. Don't forget the children.