This isn't a trickle. This isn't a stream. This is a flood. And it may flood us all the way to a Children's Hospital fund-raising record.
Back on Nov. 30, at the beginning of our annual campaign, I hoped fervently for more group donations in 1987-88 than ever before. Every hope should come as true. Group givers seem to be responding to my call with a gush.
Here are some of the groups whose dollars have recently floated in, and who deserve great gratitude:
Student Government Association, Roger B. Taney Middle School, Temple Hills ($100).
Members, Communications Workers of America Local 2108 ($1,408.50).
Employes, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce ($295).
Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation, Department of Labor ($40.31).
Transportation Department, American Red Cross ($200).
Employes of the Weekly Messenger ($50).
Fourth graders at Stenwood School, Vienna ($200.09 raised at a charity ball).
Members, Joint Data Systems Support Center, Resource Monitoring Branch (C323), Defense Communications Agency ($1,441).
Wanderlust Travel Club ($105).
Nuclear Discipline, Bechtel Eastern Power Company, Gaithersburg ($185).
Friendly Clifton Bridge Club ($112).
Greenbelt Post No. 136, The American Legion ($500).
Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association ($25).
Holland Point Citizens Association ($492.50).
Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Security Assistance Division ($100).
Employes of Advintech Corporation ($120).
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc., Rockville ($25 in honor of the boss, Joseph G. Valentino).
Rental Assistance Staff, Department of Housing and Community Development, Prince George's County Government ($105).
Dr. Hub and The Caps from Lake Braddock Secondary School ($63.50 from a caroling outbreak).
Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. District Heights-Forestville Memorial Post No. 482 ($50).
Vonnie Kane's childbirth class ($23).
Grady Management, Inc., Silver Spring ($3,814 on behalf of "all the residents").
The Washington office of Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman ($300 in lieu of exchanging Christmas gifts).
The staff, Information, Technology and Facilities Department, The World Bank ($348).
The staff, Office of International Visitors, U.S. Information Agency ($740).
Local 2395, Communications Workers of America ($500).
Franklin Farm Office, Shannon & Luchs, Herndon ($240).
The Bon Tons Club ($100).
Employes, Office of Graphics Research, National Park Service ($100).
Management Consulting & Research, Inc., Falls Church ($960, half from the company, half from the employes).
Office of Financial Administrative Management, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor ($204 left over in the Christmas party fund).
Charles Whitfield's sixth graders, Weyanoke Elementary School, Alexandria ($174.40).
History department, National Cathedral School ($20).
Military Studies and Analysis Division, Joint Data Systems Support Center ($87).
MUMPS Users' Group, College Park ($100).
Branch of Eastern Technical Reports, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston ($80).
The Reunion Company, Rockville ($30).
Cub Scout Pack 1383 ($25).
Pat Henneberry and the students of The Creative Keyboard ($50).
The George Hyman Construction Co., Bethesda (a luscious $7,000).
Staff members, Joint Committee on Taxation ($295).
Harr Bible Class, College Park United Methodist Church ($100).
The meat room, Giant Food store No. 50, White Oak ($125).
Clinton Boys Club 95-pound football team ($100).
Employes of Arlington Printers & Stationers ($300).
General Repair Services, Inc., Beltsville ($250).
Emerald Society, D.C. Fire Department ($100).
The staff of Rural America ($50).
E-Systems, Inc., Melpar Division (a wonderful $7,619.02, the largest donation of the campaign so far).
The children at John E. Howard Elementary School, Capitol Heights ($191.65).
Aranda, Annapolis ($55).
Boy Scout Troop 660, Falls Church ($45 in honor of scoutmaster Steve Tracy).
Virginia Department of Social Services, Northern Virginia Regional Office ($65).
The staff, National Economic Research Associates ($90).
Members of the Metsat Project, Goddard Space Flight Center ($300).
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 86, Rockville ($190).
Suitland Office employes, Sovran Bank ($33).
Ton Lauth's sixth grade class in room 20, Oaklands Elementary School, Laurel ($33.61).
Employes of the Office of Workforce Information, Office of Personnel Management ($56.31, the 11th consecutive gift from this group).
Office of the Comptroller, U.S. Information Agency ($450).
Employes of Ford Motor Company, Washington Affairs, Governmental Relations Staff ($180).
Mount Olivet United Methodist Men ($100).
The staff, American Gas Association ($345).
Headquarters staff, Office of Inspector General, Department of Housing and Urban Development ($160).
Friendship Riley Sunday School class, Salem Baptist Church, Fredericksburg ($25).
Mortgage Funding Corporation, Falls Church ($480).
Oak Street and Florence Way families, Herndon ($42).
Patrons and employes, Quarry House, Silver Spring ($100).
Sam's Lunch Bunch at the Bull and Bear ($325).
Georgetown University Law Library staff ($130.31).
Colmar Manor Post 131, The American Legion ($100).
The roller skaters of Braxton Road, Chantilly ($11.62, with thanks to Marie Norman, Laura Short, Kristine Slichter, Karen Short, Kristi Conklin and Kim Kelly).
Cabane 934 de Virginie ($25).
The Metro Barber Stylists Inc. of Southwest ($100).
Builder Services Division, Perpetual Mortgage Company ($115).
On Line Computer Systems Inc., Germantown ($1,644, half from the corporate coffers, half from the employes).
Colony House, Arlington ($31 in memory of Fern Gembol).
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.