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Firefighters prepare for annual ‘Crusade’

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 Editor:

Having been a part of the WHAS Crusade for Children now for almost a decade, I am honored to announce to the community that it is again time for the 59th annual WHAS Crusade for Children weekend. What a wonderful charity that helps so many deserving children and their families in Kentuckiana, including Carroll County.

Since 1956 when the first fire department in Kentucky joined forces with WHAS to pledge their support to disabled children, fire departments have raised about 50 percent of donations pledged each year. All the money raised stays locally in our community. Each year, Carrollton and Westside fire departments as well as other community members and organizations have taken on the task to help raise money for our children who might be of special need. We have and continue to accomplish our mission through door-to-door collections, roadblocks, golf scrambles and any other activity we feel we can generate a nickel here or a dime there.

In 2012, our organization has decided to consolidate all of our activities on Crusade Weekend May 30-June 3.

We will be going door-to-door within the limits of Carrollton on May 30 and on the following day in the areas surrounding the city limits including Prestonville, Oakview Estates and Indian Hills. Please be watching for our big red trucks with the flashing lights and our members with a boot or a bucket.

We will once again be hosting our roadblock at Fifth Street and Highland Ave this year on June 1 and 2. The Covington distirct of the Department of Transportation and Carrollton Police Department have cleared us to impede traffic during this time.

This will also be the same day as the First Friday event in downtown Carrollton so please show your support to the Crusade and spend some time with friends on the courthouse lawn.

We will be traveling to Shelbyville on June 3 to give our donation to WHAS. Please watch for us on TV.

Also I would like to add that the Carroll County community donated $6,300 to the Crusade last year, but much more returned to benefit our children. Please donate generously. Thank you for your continued support.

Gregory T. Beck

Carrollton Fire Department