There are editors you work with and editors you marry. The latter looked up from the dinner table the other night and said:

"Y' know, you ought to tell 'em again where the money goes."

Very little interrupts my appointed rounds when I'm stuffing my face. Jane's remark did.

"Y' know," I said, "you're right."

Let it not be forgotten, gentle readers: The dollars you contribute to our annual fund-raising campaign on behalf of Children's Hospital help pay the medical bills of sick kids whose families are too poor to do it themselves.

The medical care at Children's is superb. But for my two cents, the hospital's admissions policy is even better. The word up at 111 Michigan Ave. NW is: treat the kid first, worry about the money second.

Admirable. But also a one-way ticket to red ink.

Indeed, that red sticky stuff is all over the place at Children's. Last year's deficit ran to more than $10 million. The only thing that kept the hospital from even worse straits was contributions -- from people like you.

So now that I've heeded my favorite editor, maybe you'll heed her husband. The kids are counting on you. Please give generously -- and give today.


Make a check or money order payable to Children's Hospital and mail it to Bob Levey, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 20071.