SAINT NICK whipped out a bag of $100 bills yesterday for runaway children and thrust Operation Santa Claus' total tally to more than $100,000. Youth Outreach is $100,000 richer thanks to Marks & Spencer (Hong Kong), after Santa Claus and the store's regional marketing manager, Tracey Nelson, handed over the bag of bills. This contribution takes the grand total - after only one day - for Operation Santa Claus, an annual fund-raising drive by the South China Morning Post and RTHK's Radio 3 - to $108,000. The $8,000 has come as a result of letters sent to previous donors asking for contributions for this year's campaign. The donation was accepted by Youth Outreach director Peter Newbery, and will be used to bolster counselling and residential services for runaways and their families. 'Kids who hang around on the streets at nights need immediate help and care,' he said. The organisation is a highly worthy cause as far as Marks & Spencer is concerned. Ms Nelson said of its work: 'We want to raise society's concerns about the work of Youth Outreach and the problems affecting many families today.' Operation Santa Claus will also be raising funds for Hong Kong-based charity Sowers Action, whose aim is to improve education for children in China. Today the charity drive goes to Causeway Bay for a children's Christmas party held by Sincere. At the Signature Store at 3 pm, representatives from the two Operation Santa Claus beneficiaries will give information on their work. The first donors to put $300 or more in collection boxes will be given special 'Signature' T-shirts with celebrity signatures. Cheques should be made payable to Operation Santa Claus 1995 and sent to Operation Santa, PO Box 70200, Kowloon Central Post Office. Donations can also be dropped in collection boxes at: Urban Properties at City One, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Park Lane Shoppers' Boulevard, all KPS and Body Shop stores, the Godown, the Conrad Hotel, Carnegie's, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Ali Oli Delicatessen and Pepperoni's at Sai Kung, and the Holiday Inn Golden Mile.