Firefighters, volunteers working to collect donations for the WHAS Crusade for Children


by WHAS editors

Posted on June 3, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 17 at 4:21 PM

( weekend, you’ll see them stationed at almost every intersection, gathering money for the WHAS Crusade for Children. Nearly every dime will go to children with special needs.

Over $138 million has been raised since the Crusade for Children started in 1954. The money goes directly to agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs in the Louisville area. More than half the money donated to the Crusade comes from firefighters and their efforts.

It takes just a few dollars.

Local fire departments and charity organizations have already banded together to help with the 58th Crusade. Money has been raised throughout the year at various charitable events like cookouts and car cruises to dinners and dances.

Now it’s your turn.

If you can’t find a firefighter, try visiting or calling (502) 582-7706.

All money donated in Indiana stays in Indiana. The same goes for Kentucky. The initiative lets communities directly affect people in their own neighborhoods.

Dig deep into your hearts, pockets, cup holders and seat cushions during this annual time of giving in Kentuckiana.

Every cent counts.

Times are difficult financially for many, but the agencies and organizations that apply for grants through the Crusade need the money now more than ever.

Last year, the Crusade saw the largest amount of money donated since 2005. Children in 170 counties in Kentucky and Indiana reap the benefits of the campaign.

Let’s see the number increase from last year’s $5,301,182. When the Crusade ends Sunday, let’s be able to say we helped young people in need who require it more than ever.

Click here to donate or for more information about the WHAS Crusade for Children.