In an effort to boost our dollar total before Christmas, I'm going to try and catch up with the mail pipeline in the next couple of days. Unfortunately, the task does not appear insurmountable. I need more mail . . . lots of it.
Anyway, here's the current file of participating area employers and organizations. Tomorrow I'll overtake the individuals.
Instead of the annual exchange of Christams cards, members of the Grace Welborn Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians, "in the spirit of service to others," sent the hospital $25. Also sending $25 were the employees of the Census Bureau's Retail Sales and Credit Branch Processing Section from their coffee fund.
The sunshine Club of GSA's Data Processing Division in the Community Services Administration boosted their annual contribution to $30, heeding my pleas to help the hospital overcome inflation. "Every little bit helps and we are happy to help with our little bit," they wrote.
Members of Aetna Life & Casualty's Personal Lines Underwriting Department became first-time fighters in the battle against the "built-in deficit" with their decision not to exchange intramural office Christmas presents. They sent a check for $55. "At our Christmas meeting, in lieu of exchanging gifts, we collected $28. A like amount was voted out of our treasury. The result is this attached check for $56 for the children," wrote members of the American Legion Auxilairy Unit 56.
Employes of another office at General Services Administration, the Transportation and Travel Management Division were "proud to donate $56.50 to Children's Hospital."
Residents of the street Alexandria forgot, Paxton St. along the 1000 block, changed its name to Paxton County some time ago, claiming 60 citizens. Once again this year, they have collected a dollar for every one on behalf of the children -- $60.
Some good old friends of Children's, the Monday Morning Loafers bowling league, also came through, gathering $75. The 32 members, all female, make their marks at Rinaldi Lanes in Queenstown. What a life!
The members of Wheaton Post 268, The American Legion, praised The Washington Post's annual efforts to on behalf of needy children at Children's Hospital, sending $100.
"Enclosed you find our check in the amount of $250 for Children's Hospital. We are pleased to be able to participate in such a worthwhile cause," said the Association of American Foreign Service Women. They're also old friends, and so are the members of the sales and administrative staffs of W. C. and A. N. Miller Development Co. They collected $323 for the young patients at Children's.
The national Junior Honor Society at General Smallwood Middle School in Indian Head, Md., sponsored their annual penny drive for Children's again this year. The students collected $412.44 and, as an added bonus, delighted the local bank by placing all that copper back into circulation. Who had to count the pennies, I wonder?
"This is our second year in contributing to Children's Hospital," wrote the employees of the "Outside Plant" Section, Property Records Department, at Pepco. "We hope to continue to make this an annual gift for many years to come." The very generous folks there sent $425.
Let's all make traditions together supporting Our Town's 111-year old tradition, free care for indigent children at Children's Hospital.
Employees of the Bureau of Accounts at the Interstate Commerce Commission used the "in lieu of Christams cards" method very effectively this season, as always. About 77 current, former and retired workers there collected $750. That's a fine gift to the free care fund.
The top honors in our heavyweight division were members of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Patrick J. Byrne Council, No. 3877 in Oxen Hill, Md. They held a "Las Vegas Night" for the benefit of Children's and "lost" $1,000 to the hospital. Keep those tables hot for next year, please.
The separate contributions of our 15 organizations together total $3,642.94. Inasmuch as the shoebox held $34,458.14 when we checked yesterday, the laws of addition dictate that it must now hold $38,101.08.
Please send your tax-deductible check, made payable to Children's Hospital, to: Scott Chase, c/o The Washington Post, 1150 th St. NW, Washington, D. C. 20071.
Don't forget the children.