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Crusade collecting heats up

Donation buckets for the annual WHAS Crusade for Children will be more visible this weekend as firefighters and others beef up their collection efforts.
The actual Crusade weekend, now in its 54th year, is June 2 and 3.
Members of the Harrison Township and Milltown Volunteer Fire departments this weekend and next. On June 2, the firefighters will go door to door in their respective areas; Milltown will make rounds from 1 to 4 p.m., while Harrison Township will start at 4 p.m.
WHAS-11 TV will televise the annual fund-raiser on June 2 and 3, and will broadcast via satellite on Sunday, June 3, from the Old Capitol Centre in Corydon. This is the seventh year the Crusade has used Corydon as a remote site.
The public is invited to the Corydon site, beginning at 10:30 a.m., to watch the firefighters turn in their donations and see the fire trucks.
The annual Crusade telethon started in 1951 as a cancer fund-raiser. It was expanded in 1954 to raise money to improve the lives of children in Southern Indiana and Kentucky.
Annually, grants are awarded to help children with mental and/or physical handicaps. Last year, more than $5,047,554 was collected, with Harrison County’s nine volunteer fire departments turning in $102,130.69.
Proceeds from the Crusade help improve the lives of children in 50 Southern Indiana counties and all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.