The year dwindles down to a precious few days, which leads me to my annual reminder: If you itemize deductions on your tax returns, you have only 72 more hours to make a contribution to our annual fund-raising campaign on behalf of Children's Hospital that'll be deductible on your 1990 returns.

Hint taken? I hope so. If your tax returns are like mine, you can use the help. So can the sick kids at Children's. Many thanks.

TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAMPAIGN:

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

Thanks to the following group contributors:

Division of Communications and Humanities, Woodbridge Campus, Northern Virginia Community College ($100).

Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ($53).

Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 482, Forestville ($25).

St. Pius X Council No. 4076, Knights of Columbus, Forestville ($1,002.65).

Guard Services Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency ($165).

Employees and management, McDonald Bradley Inc., McLean ($1,540).

Colesville Ping-Pongers, Silver Spring ($105 in lieu of exchanging ping-pong balls).

B.P.O.E. Lodge 1778, Riverdale ($100).

U.S. Postal Service STEPS Project ($20).

American Legion Auxiliary, Colmar Manor Unit 131 ($25).

Employees, Voice of America ($300).

Office of Automated Trademark Systems ($187).

Permanent Change of Duty Orders Support Section (NMPC-471G), Distribution Support Division, Navy Military Personnel Command ($150).

Dean's Office, George Washington University Medical Center ($125).

Jerry Wade and managers of Giant Food District One ($370).

Employees, Vie de France Corporation, McLean ($209).

Division of Procurement, Montgomery County Public Schools ($113).

Office of Health and Environmental Assessment coffee pool ($100 in memory of Dr. Bernard Haberman).

Town Center Senior Club, Rockville ($25).

Petroleum Marketers Association of America ($250).

Health Services International Inc. ($150 in memory of Rev. Fr. John P. Gigrich).

Students, National Cathedral School ($700, matched by Youth Engaged in Service).

1978-79 Chantilly Chargers Traveling Soccer Team ($250 left in the treasury).

Friendship Club of Hunters Woods, Reston ($25).

Johnny's Discount Gas ($25).

Directorate of Human Resources, Defense Mapping Agency ($91).

International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association ($200).

Staff of Diane L. Colgan, M.D., Potomac ($75).

International Association of Bridge, Structural & Ornamental Iron Workers ($432 raised via a Christmas carol-o-thon)

Jo Ann's aerobic dance class ($275).

Employees, Don Allen Servicenter of Maryland ($100 instead of buying the owner, Don Allen, yet another "wrong" Christmas gift).

Cissel-Saxon Unit No. 41, American Legion Auxiliary, Silver Spring ($50).

Walter Reed Post No. 284, Veterans of Foreign Wars ($100).

Office of the Director, Trademark Services Division, U.S. Department of Commerce ($200 from the "grammar box," the "cuss box" and the "diet fund").

Somerset Bridge Groups ($32.25).

Sun Microsystems, Inc., Vienna ($1,500, and thanks for a third consecutive hefty donation).

Staff, School of Nursing, Catholic University ($50).

First grade, Samuel Ogle Elementary School, Bowie ($65).

Fairfax County Duplicate Bridge Club ($52).

Capital City L.A.F.R.A. Unit 67 ($67).

Harr Bible Class, College Park United Methodist Church ($100).

Staff, Membership and Meetings Department, American Society for Industrial Security, Arlington ($128 instead of exchanging holiday gifts).

Kenneth C. Clear Inc., Sterling ($60 in lieu of an exchange of gag gifts).

Progressive Council No. 9, Daughters of America ($20).

Employees, Division of Consumer Prices and Price Indexes, Bureau of Labor Statistics ($625.50 from these folks, a 52 increase over their gift of a year ago).

Michael L. Tiner and Associates, Northwest Washington ($100).

Mack's Hardware and Supply Co., Rockville ($50).

DX5, Regional Analysis Division, Defense Intelligence Agency ($500 from the soda fund).

Pavement Division and the Geometric and Roadside Design Branch, Federal Highway Administration ($103).

Paralegal Department, Baker & Botts ($150).

Independent Insurance Agents of Northern Virginia ($100 from a 50-50 drive at the annual Christmas party).

Showell Elementary School, Berlin, Md. ($50 from various members of the school community).

Bell Atlantic Public Communications ($75).

PC Consulting and Contracts and Edmondson's Home Improvement and Repairs ($100).

Fathers and sons of the Powhatan Tribe, Y Indian Guides, Great Falls, Va. ($25).

Access Enterprises, Inc., Vienna ($25).

Faculty and staff, Tulip Grove Elementary School, Bowie ($310).

Hillcrest-Marlow Heights Lions Club ($500).

Texaco Parklawn and Texaco Shady Grove ($100).

Pizzeria Uno, Georgetown (a terrific $2,418, of which $1,239 came from the company, $1,134 from the staff and $45 from customers. Management arrived at its total by agreeing ahead of time to donate five percent of gross sales for the week of Dec. 10-16).

Washington Suburban Master Plumbers Association Inc. ($200).

Psychology Department, George Mason University ($350).

Cabane No. 934, La Societe de Femme ($25).

Loan officers and processors, Springfield branch, B. F. Saul Mortgage Company ($100).

Officers and staff, National Office, National Air Traffic Controllers Association ($230 instead of giving gifts to each other).

International Statistical Programs Center, Bureau of the Census ($57.25).

Lakewood Country Club 9-Holers Golf Group ($100 from winning the Maryland-Virginia Team Match Association tournament last summer).

Appliances and International Schedule Procurement Division, General Services Administration ($60).

Foxhall Ladies Fun Bowling League, Silver Spring ($56).

The kindergarten class, Heather Hills Elementary School, Bowie ($205.68).

A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc., Rockville ($160.85 from a raffle at the Christmas party).

Zenith Data Systems Customer Information/Order Processing Group, Vienna ($60 in lieu of exchanging gifts).

Bureau of Special Tactical Operations, Prince George's County Fire Department ($350, with a special tip of the cherrypicker to Major Jack Jarboe).

Uptown Office, Shannon & Luchs Co. ($93).

Staff, Forestdale Elementary School, Springfield ($70).

Employee Association, Labat-Anderson Inc., Arlington ($100).