"After many long years of trying to have a child, our son was born in August, 1980," began a letter with $25 from an anonymous District Liner.
"During the past few months he has been undergoing physical therapy at Children's Hospital due to tight hamstrings and other very minor things. He is doing fine and exercise has corrected his minor difficulties.
"We are very pleased with both the staff and the facilities at Children's. We are lucky to have such a wonderful hospital available to us. After having seen the many children at the hospital who were much worse off than our son, we felt that this donation was the least we could do. Only on becoming parents did we realize what excellent medical care for children can mean."
Children's Hospital has been dedicated for over 110 years to providing the finest medical care to children of every race, color and creed. It was originally incorporated to serve needy children in Our Town for free or at an affordable cost and has gradually evolved into one of the best-known pediatric facilities in the world.
Another letter, from Charlottesville, Va., referred to a column last week in which I asked football fans to bet on Children's Hospital.
"I am not a football fan but I am a very proud and loyal fan of the Number Two college basketball team in the country. My favorite team, the University of Virginia, just beat a very fine local favorite (U.-Md.) and I can't think of any better way to celebrate than to donate to Children's Hospital, another real winner."
Our writer sent $7.As an alumnus of the University of Maryland, I had hoped I would never be reminded of last week's cliff-hanging loss to U.-Va.
Our two correspondents joined with 21 other anonymous friends of Children's Hospital to forward $672 through the mail pipeline. Several area groups and organizations also participated in our annual fund-raiser.
Two checks totaling $20 arrived from Progressive Council, No. 9, Daughter of America. A class of sixth graders at Pine Ridge School in Annandale collected $35 for Children's.
"The enclosed $40 is contributed by the clerks who work the mail for city zone 20011 on the midnight shift of the City Post Office," read a letter from the workers there.
Two checks for $50 arrived from hospital supporters in suburban Maryland. One check came from the management and staff of Technical Electronic Solid State Training Inc. in Hyattsville. The electronic training school recently expanded their educational quarters and sent the check in to celebrate. The other $50 came from "Raleighs Computer Center and Wheaton store." Thanks!
The owners of Alkat's Sunshine Center, a coin-operated laundry and dry-cleaning establishment in Langely Park, sent in a check for $75. "During the year we have sold garments and clothing items customers have left unclaimed and a few donated things to raise money for the children. This year we raised more than last year. We plan to keep on doing this every year to help all we can," they said.
The employes at Potomac Electric Power Co. located at the Control Center got together again this year and collected $144 for Children's Hospital in lieu of sending Christmas cards among themselves.
"I have a five-year-old grandson who makes an occasional visit to the physical medicine department at Children's Hospital," wrote the spokesman for the folks at Pyles Lumber Co. Inc. in Camp Springs. "My daughter-in-law speaks very highly of the hospital and the personnel there. I hope you go way over the top!"
They sent $500, and that's a lot of help for Children's Hospital!
The above eight groups sent contributions totaling $914, which, when added to the $672 sent in by anonymous District Liners, comes to a daily figure of $1,586. Yesterday we closed the shoebox on $155,017.61, so today there's a total of $156,603.61 in it.
Children's Hospital was the destination of more than 20,000 sick or injured children last year. Many of those patients came from families who couldn't afford the high costs of pediatric care. Nonetheless, those needy children received the finest treatment money can buy. Now it's up to us to support the "hospital with a heart."
Please send your tax-deductible check, made payable to Children's Hospital, to: Scott Chase, c/o The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Thank you.