Firefighters throughout most of Hardin County will be out this weekend seeking money in support of the 67th WHAS Crusade for Children.
And like most events, COVID-19 has had a direct impact on the effort to raise money for the telethon that supports health care and charitable organizations devoted to helping special needs children across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Valley Creek Fire Chief Joey Scott said the county’s donations are expecting a down year because of the virus outbreak.
“We knew as a county that we would be down this year,” said Scott, an organizer of the county effort. “We’re just hoping to do the best that we can do. We’re hoping for a miracle.”
Departments throughout Hardin County raised more than $135,000 last year. Scott said duplicating that total is a huge challenge.
“Most of the fire departments will be at their fire stations this weekend and there will be a few road blocks set up around the county,” he said.
Scott said anyone who wants to donate in-person can stop by a fire department and make a contribution. He recommended everyone wear masks when visiting a fire station.
“A lot of fire departments aren’t going around door-to-door like they have before because of what’s going on,” he said. “We just want to keep our firefighters and the community safe.”
Fire department road blocks long have been a staple of the Crusade collections but Elizabethtown and Radcliff no longer allow highway collections.
Crusade for Children originally was scheduled for June 6 and 7, but in March it was announced the event was postponed until August.
“If we can get some support, any support, that would be great,” Scott said. “It’s just a tough time, but we want to do our best to help Crusade in any way that we can.”
Some departments, such as Rineyville, have been out by their station collecting since earlier this summer.
Scott said firefighters also will visit homes if people want a donation picked up. Scott can be reached at 270-763-2850 and will get someone to a home to pick up a donation if residents don’t want to get out.
Donations also can be made securely online at WHASCrusade.org or checks may be sent by mail to WHAS Crusade for Children, 520 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202.
According to a Crusade news release, digital donations also can be made using Venmo, PayPal and Alexa Pay. Facebook users can make a one-time donation on the WHAS Crusade for Children Facebook page or host a Facebook fundraiser, as well as by texting CRUSADE to 50155 to make a donation.