I have collected for the Crusade for Children for 29 years as a member of the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department. My home territory includes both Bray Ridge and Gills Ridge. I want to commend my neighbors and friends for their generosity again this year. I was able to collect nearly $957.00 in checks, plus a bucket of loose change. People literally flagged me down when they saw me around the farm, mowing grass or checking on the cows, to give me their money for the Crusade.