The Crusade is a gift that keeps on giving


Holiday greetings from the WHAS Crusade for Children

Dear Crusade friends,

During this holiday season we are reminded of reasons to give thanks and express gratitude. This year, YOU helped make sure the Lawson family celebrates the most precious gift of all, the birth of their daughter, Aubrey. Little Aubrey was born weighing a little over 2 pounds and needed a lot of help. Thanks to everyone’s generosity to the WHAS Crusade for Children she received the care needed for a truly happy ending. Aubrey is now home and doing well! THANK YOU!!

Watch Aubrey’s amazing life-changing story

This is just one story of many that have happened this year as a result of your contributions. For decades, you have made it possible for the Crusade to help millions of children. In the coming year the WHAS Crusade for Children will achieve a milestone – 60 years of making life better for children who have special needs! In the tradition of the Crusade, thousands will come together to celebrate. For this special anniversary year, the Crusade for Children has set a goal to raise $6 million.

$60 for the 60th

With this goal, there is a challenge. It is our hope that this year you will donate $60 for the 60th! If everyone does, 2013 will be a memorable year. The Crusade’s history is based on many people giving a little bit. For the 60th, if everyone gives $60, the Crusade will reach new heights. Please add a few dollars to your gift to honor 60 years of helping children.

In 2012, your generosity allowed the Crusade to award grants to nearly 200 agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. As you prepare for the holidays, please remember Aubrey and other children with special needs and make a year-end contribution to the Crusade.

There are many ways you can give:

  • Click here to make a donation securely online
  • Send your check or charge information in an envelope to the Crusade Office
  • Become a Crusade Angel through monthly automatic deductions
  • Purchase a Walk of Fame brick for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list
  • Donate appreciated stock, life insurance policies or other non-cash property
  • Consider including the Crusade in your will or through a bequest

For more information:

Call: (502) 582-7706

WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202

The children served by the Crusade are truly an inspiration and heroes to all of us. Thank you for being a champion for these children. As you enter into the holidays, may your life be full of blessings.


Dawn Lee
President & CEO

Honor a loved one or memory with a commemorative brick

The WHAS Crusade for Children Walk of Fame in Louisville and the Joe Huber Crusade Endowment Memorial Garden Path in Starlight, Indiana await you. Purchase a brick and you’ll be ensuring the Crusade’s future.

Download order forms

> To download the order form for the Joe Huber Memorial Garden Path, click here.

> To download the order form for the WHAS Crusade for Children Walk of Fame, click here.


Make your mark on the Walk of Fame

To commemorate the 50th annual WHAS Crusade for Children, the sidewalk that surrounds the WHAS11 building at 6th and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville is now a place of tribute.

The WHAS Crusade for Children Walk of Fame is constructed of paving bricks available to engrave with your special message.

Your donation of $100 for a 5” X 8” or $500 for a 12” X 12” brick will pave the way for the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment.

Each 5” X 8” brick can be engraved with three lines of text to honor:

  • You
  • Your family
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Special occasions
  • Memory of a loved one
  • Each 12” X 12” brick can include up to five lines of text or an engraved company or organization logo. Call (502) 582-7706 for details.

    Order your brick

    You can order your own personalized brick here online. Click on this image to download the order form:


    Then follow these simple steps:

  • Print the brick order form
  • Print your name and address
  • Select a brick size
  • Select a payment method
  • Enter your credit card information
  • Write in the total amount
  • Mail the brick order form and payment to:

    WHAS Crusade for Children
    520 West Chestnut Street
    Louisville, KY 40202

    Questions? Call the WHAS Crusade for Children office at
    (502) 582-7706.

    Pave the way for children with special needs

    Help make a difference FOREVER. The WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment fully funds the Crusade’s future.

    It guarantees that 100% of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.

    Beyond your annual contribution, the Crusade needs your Endowment donation now. To change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.

    Certificate of ownership

    For each brick purchased, a certificate of ownership is issued to you or to whomever you designate.

    Huber family partners with the Crusade

    Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant in Starlight, Indiana has created the Joe Huber Crusade Endowment Memorial Garden Path. Proceeds from the purchase of the three sizes of bricks benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment. That’s the Crusade’s long term fund that will help thousands of children for decades to come.

    Memorial path takes shape

    The bricks and pavers are being put in place. To get an idea of where your brick will be placed, watch this video to see more.

    Three generations of the Huber family welcome you!


    Your purchase of a brick on the Joe Huber Memorial Garden Path can be engraved with your special message.

    • Honor a loved one
    • Remember an anniversary
    • Makes a great gift for holidays and birthdays
    • Leave a legacy and help the Crusade

    Download an order form

    To download the order form for the Joe Huber Memorial Garden Path, click here.

    Visit Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant

    Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant
    2421 Scottsville Rd
    Starlight, IN 47106
    (812) 923-5255
    Best Routes to Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant

    From the North:
    I-65 South to Exit 9 “Starlight Attractions” Follow Signs for 14 miles to Joe Huber Family Restaurant.
    From the South:
    I-65 North to Exit 9 “Starlight Attractions” Follow Signs for 14 miles to Joe Huber Family Restaurant.
    From the East:I-71 South to I-65 North to Exit 9 “Starlight Attractions” Follow Signs for 14 miles to Joe Huber Family Restaurant.
    From the West:
    I-64 East to Exit 119 Follow Signs for 11 miles to Joe Huber Family Restaurant.
    From Southwest Louisville/Dixie Highway:I-264 West to I-64 West. Take Exit 119 Follow Signs For 11 Miles to Joe Huber Family Restaurant.

    About the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment

    • 100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs
    • The Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.
    • Beyond your annual contribution, we need your Crusade Endowment donation now.

    Change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.

    How the Crusade works

    The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children.

    $148 million raised for special needs children
    In its first 59 years, the Crusade has raised more than $148 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100 percent of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
    “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
    “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


    VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

    Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

    Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

    You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

    No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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