A first child brings lots of excitement but can also bring worry when young parents suddenly have to deal with the responsibility of being moms and dads. Matthew Ayala’s parents thought he was doing okay until he was diagnosed with autism. Once they got over the initial surprise they found help through the Adair County School system and the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Since 1995, Adair County Schools have received more than $1 million dollars in Crusade grants. Those funds have given students like Matthew a way to satisfy their curiosity and build their futures.
Gabriel Forrest was born with a rare genetic disorder that affects 1 in 20,000 babies. He has albinism. For Gabriel that means a lack of pigment in his skin and hair. It also affects his vision. Once the shock wore off, the family found help through agencies supported by the WHAS Crusade for Children, like Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS).
At VIPS, Gabriel gets special attention to properly prepare him for kindergarten with basic concepts of numbers, shapes and social interaction.
Since 1985, VIPS has received more than $2 million in Crusade funding. Those grants continue to guarantee that children like Gabriel have the resources they need to be successful.
It’s the biggest day of local giving! Give for Good Louisville is SEPTEMBER 12.
One donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children can impact more than 200 agencies, schools & hospitals that receive grants from the Crusade. Thank you for helping us make life better for thousands of children in Kentucky and Indiana. 100% for the kids!
Crusade license plate now available
Show your support 365 days a year by sporting a WHAS Crusade for Children Kentucky License plate on your car!
Every Crusade for Children license plate registration donates $10 to help children with special needs.
Here’s what you do:
1. Take your registration, renewal card and proof of insurance to the County Clerk’s office.
2. Ask for the WHAS Crusade for Children license plate when you renew.
It’s just that easy!
Learn more online now: CLICK HERE.
Two Louisville institutions – Hadley Pottery and the WHAS Crusade for Children – are teaming up to make life better for children with special needs.
With Thunder, Oaks and Derby coming up you may be looking for unique dinnerware for your party plans. Now you can liven up your table and drink settings and help children with special needs.
Known nationally for its iconic, handmade pieces, Louisville’s Hadley Pottery is doing a special month-long event for the WHAS Crusade for Children.
20% discount every Saturday
and 20% to the Crusade during April
“We’re going to have a 20% off discount every Saturday in April, whatever our sales are 20% of them are going to the Crusade. We’re going to have a weekly drawing every Saturday for people to put in a chance to win a prize of a vase and at the end of the month of April we’re going to give away our large big planter,” says Jerry Day of Hadley Pottery.
Open from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturdays (Crusade sale day!)
Open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
1570 Story Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Easily accessible from interstates I-64, I-65 and I-71
To make a secure online donation, CLICK HERE or call (502) 582-7706.
Donate by mail:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
The perfect gift! A brick on the WHAS Crusade Walk of Fame
To commemorate the 50th annual WHAS Crusade for Children, the sidewalk that surrounds the WHAS11 building at 6th and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville is now a place of tribute.
The WHAS Crusade for Children Walk of Fame is constructed of paving bricks available to engrave with your special message.
Your donation of $100 for a 5” X 8” or $500 for a 12” X 12” brick will pave the way for the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment.
Each 5” X 8” brick can be engraved with three lines of text to honor:
Each 12” X 12” brick can include up to five lines of text or an engraved company or organization logo. Call (502) 582-7706 for details.
Order your brick
CLICK HERE to order a personalized brick securely online.
CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the brick brochure and order form.
Then follow these simple steps:
Mail the brick order form and payment to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Questions? Call the WHAS Crusade for Children office at
Pave the way for children with special needs
Help make a difference FOREVER. The WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment fully funds the Crusade’s future.
It guarantees that 100% of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.
Beyond your annual contribution, the Crusade needs your Endowment donation now. To change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
Certificate of ownership
For each brick purchased, a certificate of ownership is issued to you or to whomever you designate.
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 65 years, the Crusade has raised more than $180 million.
Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.
Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954.
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax deductible as permitted by law. The Crusade is the most successful and oldest local telethon in America.
To make a secure online donation, click here or call (502) 582-7706.
The 10th annual WHAS Crusade for Children “Building the Future” mini-telethon will air Saturday, December 8th 6:30 to 8:00pm on WHAS11.
The program is devoted to the WHAS Crusade Endowment. It will feature contributors from across Kentuckiana who are making a difference. The program will be hosted by WHAS11’s Rachel PLatt and 840 WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners.
More about the WHAS Crusade Endowment
In September, 2002, the WHAS Crusade for Children Board of Directors voted to create the new Crusade Endowment.
It guarantees that 100 percent of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.
– 100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.
– The Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.
– Beyond your annual contribution, we need your Crusade Endowment donation now.
– Change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
Watch this video about Jane Charmoli. See why she made the decision to include the WHAS Crusade for Children in her estate plans.
You’ve heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday…now today is GIVING TUESDAY!
Make a difference in the life of a child with special needs with a tax-deductible donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Honor a loved one.
Give a gift to the person who has everything.
Make a year-end tax deduction.
Just CLICK HERE!