WE CONGRATULATE: We congratulate Shelby’s efforts in great Crusade

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The donations flow in, and the help flows out.

Another WHAS Crusade for Children has come and gone – 60 of them now – and the generosity of Shelby Countians contributed significantly to the more than $6 million collected this year.

Most of that comes, of course, from fire departments around the county who open their arms and set their clocks by the collection schedule for this annual telethon to help disabled and underserved children.

We don’t care for intersection collections – we think the Crusade, with trained firefighters holding out the buckets and blinking emergency vehicles signaling their presence, is the only event that should be allowed to act so unsafely and intrusively in fundraising – but we do care for the mission that WHAS began seven decades prior.

We also like the fact that, as history has proven, almost every penny of the $147,588 collected in Shelby County will return to serve the children through grants that help local agencies, such as the Dorman Early Childhood Center and Shelby County Public Schools.

There is no more meaningful a return than when you understand that your dollar will help your neighbor and not simply pay for the “cost of doing business.”

So, on behalf of those children, we say thanks. They couldn’t do it without you.