If you haven't read about the contribution for Children's Hospital sent by your group or organization, don't panic. Everyday the whys and wherefores of "For the Love of Children" takes up about half of our daily space.
That limits the number of acknowledgements and occasional comment or aside about donors' gifts or fund-raising techniques. It's hard to squeeze more than 20 groups in.
Once again, I'm not complaining. I hope that the many generous readers and contributors, who have already done their parts, will stay with me. Not just to see their groups' names in print, but also ready to make the suggestion to others that we're still waiting for them to remember the children.
The other day Bill Gold said I should try to move through the group contributions, and get as many into print as soon as possible.
So, without further ado, let's launch into some outstanding (in more ways than one) organizational contributions I've been saving for a rainy day.
Stepping into the batter's box for our young patients are the members of Arlington's Wakefield Club, sending $10. Another $10 arrived from the employees of the Asset Protection Group at IBM. The sender apologised for the small amount, saying his co-workers had no tradition of directing their gifts through The District Line. He promised to "do better next year."
We all have to do better this year if we want to stay ahead of Bill's final effort of last year. He managed to collect $223,000.
For us to just keep even with inflation, we'll have to come up with $250,000 by Jan. 31. That's certainly not impossible, but to achieve it the pipeline will have to continue its capacity gurgling.
When our annual fund drive began in December, I was getting premature gray hairs and tired legs just from going up and down five flights of stairs to check the mailroom. The big worry at that point was when the checks would start arriving.
Now I'm in a state of anxiety wondering when things are going to be calm and boring again.
Calm and boring is not my idea of fun, though.
Reaching a reasonable level of contributions during this campaign would be a lot closer to it. I've spent so much time in "night classes for journalism" and other Children's Hospital pursuits that I'm now just praying that soon we'll be on the sunny side of our objective.
Contributions of $20 came from three groups today. Washington Post employees from the purchasing, expansion project, insurance, benefits, and administrative services departments teamed up for the first $20. Another double eagle was forwarded by the workers at Rockville Glass Service.Students of the Harmony Adult Sunday School class at Franconia United Methodist Church were the source of the third $20.
The little women of Girl Scout Troop 2109 in Bethesda gathered $20.76 while caroling one night. A check for $23.94 and another promise to improve came from the pros of the Corps of Engineers. A "goodie table" set up at the Federal Grain Inspection Service in Beltsville netted $30 in 10 days.
A bake sale held by the Brownies in Troop 1917 in Lake Ridge, Va., brought in $31.02. A letter containing $38 for the children and an enclosure for Bill came from the staff at the Federal Triangle branch of American Security Bank. The children of St. Columbia's Church donated $42.
Members of the Operating Services Division at the U.S. Postal Service headquarters combined with Research and Development Laboratories of Rockville to contribute $101. The bookworms at the Materials Reference Library and the Collaborative Reference Group, both parts of the National Bureau of Weather, sent $125. Members of the Builders Club of the Wesley United Methodist Church added $128 to the shoebox.
"The boys and girls at the Washington office of the AMA have ponied up their nickles and dimes," said the letter sent by the office manager. They gathered $130 worth. Another check for $130 was donated by the officers in the Army Mutual Aid Association.
An annual Christmas party held by the employees of Andrew V. Donnally Architects and Planners yielded $150 for the second time in two years. A check for $155 was accompanied by a letter I really appreciated. It said:
"After reading about the Children's Hospital fund-drive the staff at Analytical Systems Engineering Systems collected donations." If only more would. Did you ever get right to work on something just to find out that the same results were inevitable. We only managed to mention 17 groups. Their combined contribution for today added up to $1,184.72. With yesterday's total of $101,215.17, our shoebox now holds $102,399.89. We're still a long way from Jan. 31.