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A tradition of caring outweighed an economic downturn as the WHAS Crusade for Children set a new donation record over the weekend.
All the talk about a down economy didn’t stop people across the Kentuckiana are from digging deep for the 2009 Crusade which announced a grand total of $5,289,841.
Hundreds of organizations and thousands of individual donors give to the Crusade annually but it’s a network of more than 200 fire departments, mostly volunteer forces, that collect at roadblocks and fund-raisers that drive the campaign.
The Hodgenville-LaRue County Fire Department contributed $7,389.71 this year. Other area departments and their contribution totals include Glendale Fire Department, $4,004.18; Magnolia VFD, $1,735.86; New Haven-Rolling Fork Fire Department, $9,518.13; New Hope VFD, $4,200; Sonora Fire and Rescue, $3,990; and Upton Volunteer Fire and Rescue, $1,969.95.
The Crusade for Children continues to help meet medical and physical needs of children in the region. Since it was founded 1954, the Crusade has pledged to contribute 100 percent of the money raised through grants to local needs.
People who made pledges are reminded to send their tax-deductible contribution to WHAS Crusade for Children, 520 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202. To make a donation online, go to www.whascrusade.org.