About the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs.

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Latest News


The 67th annual WHAS Crusade for Children is in the books. The people of Kentuckiana, in the time of the pandemic, donated $4,800,000.

Changing from its longtime home at WHAS11 this year for social distancing and safety, the 67th annual WHAS Crusade for Children originated from Fairdale Fire Department Station 2. Chief Darrell Roy and his staff opened their firehouse to host the event.

While 2020 is the year many hope will go away, it’ll be a memorable year for the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Facebook

See photos and more on our Facebook page, click here.

See video from WBKO-TV featuring fire departments in Campbellsville on Crusade Saturday, click here.

See video from WBKO-TV featuring fire departments in Leitchfield on Crusade Sunday, click here.


Media coverage

See a recap of the 67th annual Crusade from our flagship station, WHAS11, click here.

See coverage of the 67th annual Crusade from the Courier-Journal, click here.

See coverage of the 67th annual Crusade from The Pioneer News, click here.

And an updated story from The Pioneer News, click here.

See coverage of the 67th annual Crusade from The New-Enterprise, click here.

See coverage of the 67th annual Crusade from Spectrum News 1, click here.

See coverage of the 67th annual Crusade from The Record, the weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Louisville, click here.


You can donate to the Crusade year-round

Donate by Mail

Even though our office is closed for now during the pandemic, we are able to access our mail.
Send your donation to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202.

Please be sure to make note if the donation is in honor or memory of someone or if you’d like to give credit to a certain fire department.

Donate Securely Online

Give online safely and securely. There is a section where someone can honor/memorialize a loved one or credit a fire department.

Text to Donate

Supporters can now text CRUSADE to 50155 to complete a donation. There is the ability to honor a fire department on the donation link.

Venmo

Venmo a donation to @CrusadeForChildren. You can credit your fire department in the comments section.

Cash App

Just like Venmo, use Cash App and make a secure donation to $CrusadeChildren. You can credit your fire dept. in the notes section.

Paypal

If you use PayPal, you can use it to donate to the WHAS Crusade for Children!

Alexa

If you have an Amazon smart device, just say, “Alexa, donate to the Crusade for Children…” and Alexa will walk you through your secure donation, charging it to your card on file with Amazon.

Donate via Facebook

Go to the Crusade’s Facebook page to donate securely online. Facebook does not keep any fees for a charitable donation!

Donations are tax deductible

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax deductible as permitted by law. EIN #23-7075524.


Top Kentucky Fire Departments

Fern Creek Fire Protection District $119,746.03
Highview Fire Protection District $95,867.65
Jeffersontown Fire Protection District $82,359.60
St. Matthews Fire & Rescue $81,092.00
Shelby County Fire & Rescue $75,360.47
Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District $65,536.28
Ekron Volunteer Fire Dept. $63,238.30
South Oldham Fire Department $50,865.89
Zoneton Fire Protection District $50,519.26
Lebanon Fire District $39,115.00

Top Indiana Fire Departments

Charlestown Fire Department $57,000.00
Lafayette Township Fire Department $48,322.00
Monroe Township Volunteer Fire District $45,064.71
Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department $29,391.00
Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department $18,680.38
New Albany Fire Department $17,131.06
Milltown Volunteer Fire Department $16,285
Greenville Township Fire & Rescue $14,677.41
Lanesville Volunteer Fire Department $13,215.13
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department $10,680.48

Top Organizations and Companies

LG&E & KU Foundation $241,621.00
Archdiocese of Louisville $214,856.00
Norton Healthcare $129,302.04

Alphabetized list of donors

Here’s an alphabetized list of donations from groups, organizations, companies and fire departments.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, some groups chose not to handle and count their donations immediately. Those tallies will be reported later.


Anchorage Middletown Fire & EMS $24,513.10
Archdiocese of Louisville $214,856.00

Bagdad Fire Department $9,638.95
Ballardsville Fire & Rescue $3,295.78
Baptist Health Employee Caring Campaign $10,000.00
Bardstown Fire Department $10,466.00
Bedford Volunteer Fire & Rescue $7,547.72
Billy Newkirk Jr. $1,869.29
Boone Township Volunteer Fire Department $3,053.86
Breeding Fire Department $1,179.00
Buddy Award in honor of Former Crusade Executive Director Bud Harbsmeier – James “Hoppy” Rochner
Buechel Fire Protection District $12,301.00

Camp Taylor Fire Protection District $25,337.00
Campbellsville – Taylor County Fire Department $28,606.00
Central Hardin Fire & Rescue $4,480.00
Charlestown Fire Department $57,000.00
Clarkson Fire Department $8,604.00
Columbia – Adair Fire Department $36,846.51
Cross Country Distributing $28,000.00

East 60 Volunteer Fire Department $9,155.58
Ekron Volunteer Fire Dept. $63,238.30
Elizabethtown Fire Department $14,139.00
Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department $29,391.00
Eminence Fire & Rescue $10,347.88

Fairdale Fire Department $8,986.95
Fern Creek Fire Protection District $119,746.03
Flaherty Volunteer Fire Department $17,746.55

Gary Doyle in honor of Peter: Virginia & Homer Hauck, Mike & Cathy (Peter’s parents; $200) $300.00
Georgetown Township Fire District $9,309.28
Glendale Volunteer Fire Department $3,087.43
Gravel Switch Volunteer Fire Department $2,211.00
Greensburg – Green County Fire Department $16,039.95
Greenville Township Fire & Rescue $14,677.41

Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Dept. $736.88
Harned Fire & Rescue $22,013.13
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department $10,680.48
Heth Township Volunteer Fire Department $7,503.43
Highview Fire Protection District $95,867.65

In honor of Chris Landers $3,870.00

Jefferson County Public Schools $81,784.45
Jeffersontown Fire Protection District $82,359.60
Joe Federle $250.00
Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant $5,000.00

Kelly Knoop $8,270
Kentucky 86 Fire & Rescue $11,739.00
Kevin Adams $4,475.80
Kosair Charities $50,000

Lafayette Township Fire Department $48,322.00
LaGrange Fire and Rescue $14,607.11
Lanesville Volunteer Fire Department $13,215.13
Lebanon Fire District $39,115.00
Lebanon Junction Fire Department $5,552.04
LG&E & KU Foundation $241,621.00
Loretto Volunteer Fire Department $1,020.71
Louisville Fire & Rescue $13,000.00
Louisville Triple Crown of Running $9,054.25

McMahan Fire Protection District Retirees $12,500.00
Meade County Fire and Rescue $7,667.24
Meiman Family $977.77
Milltown Volunteer Fire Department $16,285
Miracle Dancers (Diane Moore Dance Academy) $5,047.26
Monroe Township Volunteer Fire District $45,064.71
Mt. Eden Volunteer Fire Department $8,000.00
Mt. Washington Fire Department $13,488.22

Nelson County Fire & Rescue $9,423.74
New Albany Fire Department $17,131.06
New Haven/Rolling Fork Fire Department $9,835.28
New Hope Volunteer Fire Department $1,559.01
New Middletown Volunteer Fire Department $6,632.33
Newcastle Fire & Rescue $3,530.85
Nia’s Virtual Lemonade Stand $1,500.00
Northeast Nelson Fire Department $5,981.58
Norton Healthcare $129,302.04

Okolona Fire Protection District Milwaukee Tool Shop Raffle winner – Pat Buss

Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department $7,547.00
Payneville Fire Department $11,461.29
Pewee Valley Fire Protection District $11,069.00
Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District $65,536.28
Pleasureville Fire & Rescue $7,881.24
Posey Township Volunteer Fire Company $2,304.90

Radcliff Fire Department $7,250.00
Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department $18,680.38
Rauch Inc. $1,200.00
Raywick Volunteer Fire Department $2,227.10
Republic Bank $10,000.00
Republic Bank Power Hour $6,700.00
Rineyville Fire Department $12,580.00

Shelby County Fire & Rescue $75,360.47
Shepherdsville Fire Department $10,000.46
Simpsonville Volunteer Fire Department $10,239.65
Sonora Fire and Rescue $5,041.00
South Oldham Fire Department $50,865.89
Sparkles & Spurs $1,288.63
Split the Pot Winner – Penny Lyons
Springfield-Washington County Fire Department $7,882.38
St. Matthews Fire & Rescue $81,092.00
Stephensburg Volunteer Fire Department e $4,775.43
Summersville Fire Department $4,517.17
Superior Van and Mobility $6,700.00
Swope Family Foundation $36,479.00

TEGNA Foundation $10,000
The Temple $4,000.00
Tri City Van & Storage $4,000.00
Tri-Township Fire Protection District $6,195.20

Upton Volunteer Fire & Rescue $2,228.42

Valley Creek Volunteer Fire Department $12,930.00
Versailles Fire Department $1,254.28
Vine Grove Fire $9,701.00

Waddy Volunteer Fire Department $9,647.59
Webster Area Volunteer Fire Department $3,411.74
West 84 Volunteer Fire Department $2,487.02
WHAS11 Golf Card Sales $7,000
WHAS11 partnership with Kentucky Kingdom $10,000
Wilkins Family $5,723.00
Willisburg Fire Department $1,440.00
Woodford County Fire Department $1,212.61

Zoneton Fire Protection District $50,519.26

Change a Child's Life Forever

100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.

The WHAS Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.

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Attend An Event

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Community Partners

We crusade for them

In its first 66 years, the WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $190 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the WHAS Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that make life better for children with special needs in all 120 Kentucky counties and 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

WHAS Crusade for Children

520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502.582.7706 Phone
502.582.7712 Fax
Email us CLICK HERE

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