Though this year's WHAS Crusade for Children collection total fell short of last year's total by $24,714, that figure is misleading.
The figures for this year and last year would actually be pretty close if not for a bequest to the Crusade in a will last year.
This year's total was $162,077.18, compared to last year's of $186,791.43. But without last year's donation of $25,000 from Lola Register the total from 2007 would have been $161,791.43. That means firefighters collected about $300 more on the streets this year than they did last year.