JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — The 66th Crusade for Children is about to begin and more than 180 fire departments throughout Kentucky and Indiana are hard at work collecting donations for kids in need. One of those departments is hosting two different events on Friday, May 31.
The Jeffersonville Fire Department is hosting their 10th annual Crusade for Children Cook Out. They will be selling burgers, hot dogs and more at the First Harrison Bank in Jeffersonville, with the proceeds benefitting the Crusade. The cookout will be held at 2744 Allison Lane in front of the Meijer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The department will also set up a roadblock at the intersection of Allison Lane and 10th Ave., where the firefighters will be collecting donations. These firefighters have been out all week, and for some, the Crusade for Children is a very personal affair.
Sergeant Michael Osborne grew up in Jeffersonville, and his family would bring him out to the Crusade as a child. Now, he gets to see the generosity of the community as well as the excitement and happiness from the kids – all from the other side.
"We're big-town, but we're still small-town heart," he said. "The people in this community always come together."
There are new ways that you can donate this year. Even if you can’t make it to one of the roadblocks or the cookout, you can still help. If you use Venmo or PayPal, you can search for “WHAS Crusade for Children”. You can also use your Amazon Echo – just tell your virtual assistant you want to donate to the WHAS Crusade for Children.