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.


of donations go to children


Million dollars raised


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Counties in Indiana and Kentucky


Years Running

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With the 67th annual WHAS Crusade for Children Weekend postponed to August 8th & 9th, there are many NEW IDEAS to donate, collect and raise funds all while maintaining social distancing.

Facebook Fundraiser

Many fire departments and organizations have set one of these up and they are very successful.
Here’s how to do it:

1. Click the 3 dots on your “Create A Post” section
2. Scroll down to “Support Nonprofit”
3. Select WHAS Crusade for Children and finalize your fundraiser

We are happy to guide you through this if you need assistance. Call the Crusade office at 502-582-7706.

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 a donation to @CrusadeForChildren and list the fire deparment in the comments section. We have yard signs that we can drop off at fire stations to promote Venmo.

Donate Securely Online

Give online safely and securely. There is a section where someone can honor a loved one or a fire department.
To make a secure online donation, CLICK HERE or call (502) 582-7706.

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.

New feature makes it easier than ever to help the Crusade!

There’s a new and exciting way to donate to the WHAS Crusade for Children: TEXT TO DONATE!
It’s safe and secure. All you need is your cell phone.

Here’s all you do:

1) Text crusade to 50155 (It’s not case sensitive – you can type crusade or CRUSADE.)

2) You’ll get a text in reply.

3) Complete the donation form on your phone.

4) You’ll then receive a confirming text.

5) You also receive an email.

Thanks for your continued support of the WHAS Crusade for Children.

And of course, you can always make a donation securely online, just click here.

Stuck at home but need things?

Help the Crusade!

Every time you shop on Amazon, if you go to www.smile.amazon.com and select the WHAS Crusade for Children as your charity of choice, Amazon will make a donation to the Crusade. It’s simple. And it costs you NOTHING!

We all need supplies and we all want to help children with special needs — now you can do both!

THANKS for your continued support of the WHAS Crusade for Children. (Just click on the graphic below.)

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Kendra Scott Virtual Event supports Crusade

Plan ahead for Mother’s Day, Derby, “just because” by shopping the Kendra Scott virtual event, benefiting the Crusade Engagement Council and the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Two Day Event

Friday, April 10
Saturday, April 11

Use code: GIVEBACK6796 at checkout. Begin your shopping journey! Click here.

Learn more about the Crusade Engagement Council, click here.

We crusade for them

In its first 68 years, the WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $200 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.

Countdown to the 69th annual WHAS Crusade for Children
June 4 - 5, 2022

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WHAS Crusade for Children

520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502.582.7706 Phone
502.582.7712 Fax