LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With the smiles, dancing and jumping up and down, volunteers working roadblocks collecting donations for the Crusade for Children can get a little silly, but behind the fun is a serious cause. For 66 years, the WHAS Crusade for Children has helped children with special needs and their families, and for many volunteers, it's a cause close to their hearts.
"I've always wanted to have kids but I never married to have my own, so I just help out any way I can to help kids," Kevin Adams said.
Adams was born with cerebral palsy but that has not stopped him from helping out. He began collecting donations when he was just 9 years old and almost 50 years - and $400,000 - later, he's still going strong.
"I've always been fortunate enough to be able to get the things that I need over the years," he said.
Over at Camp Taylor, firefighters and volunteers are also collecting donations like they have for decades now, but this year, they will be donating all their collections in honor of their former fire chief, Harold Adkins, who served as the Camp Taylor fire chief for more than 50 years. Adkins died this past December.
"Chief Adkins was an excellent chief and well respected throughout the community and I couldn't fathom the number of hours he actually donated of his personal time to the fire service and to the Crusade for Children," Deputy Chief Dan Stauble said.
Regardless of their reasons, the volunteers are all out with a smile on their faces collecting until the last minute. After all, they know every penny counts.