The groups come marching in. Here are those that have sent recent donations to our annual fund drive:

* The 30+ Club of Reston (alas, I am an honorary member) sent a donation of $100.

* The Somerset Garden Club of Fairfax, $41 (thanks to treasurer Barbara O'Carroll).

* The gambling experts in the FBI's Laboratory Division, who sent $50 from their coffee fund. Thanks, gang.

* The Virginia Dutchmaid hair stylery in Catlett, Va., $20.

* Mayfair Liquors, Inc., $95.

* Herndon & Anderson Millwork Co., Inc. of Springfield, $300. Thanks to Charles R. Herndon, the president, who writes that he hopes the company's contribution "will grow with the following years."

* The Springfield Storm, a soccer team of 12-year-olds in Springfield, sent $165, even though they probably wish in one way that they hadn't. Let the Storm's coaches, Peter England and Dennis Lucas, explain: "The money was allocated for entry fees to two soccer tournaments," write England and Lucas. "The team did not go to the tournaments, but the boys voted to send the money to Children's Hospital."

* The Government Business Office, $48.47.

* The Woman's Club of Lyon Village in Arlington, $50. The money comes from the proceeds of wedding receptions that the group catered, writes Jane M. Bour, the president.

* Another $50 came from Squad 16 of the Oxon Hill Precinct of the Prince George's County Police.

* An especially heartfelt acknowledgement to the Excommunicators Bridge Club of Fairfax, which sent $60 in receipts from its annual Christmas party. Joan Jay Norman explains that the group consists of the wives of a dozen retired Air Force communications officers. I've never been a wife or an Air Force officer, but I have been excommunicated by my bridge partners, countless times. Thanks from a fellow "bridgie."

* Harry's Shoe Service and Men's Wear of Laurel sent $5.

* The cafeteria workers and daytime custodians at Arlington's Williamsburg Intermediate School, $25. "We love the children and the Redskins who love Children's Hospital, too," writes Kathryn Christie.

* And last but far from least, a $200 donation from the 40 members of the Heroes, Inc., Golf Committee, each of whom ponied up five bucks. "You're doing a marvelous job for a marvelous cause," writes Don Randall, the chairman, who ought to know. His cause --funds for the families of D.C. area police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty -- isn't half bad itself.