BILLINGS — After two children were killed in a tragic ATV accident in Shepherd on Friday, the owners at Steady Grinding Coffee House are doing their part to help in any way they can.
“Actually being able to see the pictures of the two kids really got to us,” said KC Johnson, owner of Steady Grinding Coffee House.
Hearing about the loss of a child is difficult for anyone, but for Johnson it is much more personal. He lost a child himself.
“He’s my guardian angel now. I lost him to SIDS so I know, you know, how that feels to go through that," Johnson said.
Hunter and Olivia McCaulou, 5 and 4 respectively, died when the side-by-side ATV they were in was hit by a car. Authorities say the ATV was being driven by a 13-year-old and the ATV pulled in front of the vehicle.
Johnson and Taeler Hirsch have owned Steady Grinding Coffee House for two years and try to help the community whenever they can.
“This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened that we’ve done. We’ve actually done a fundraiser for a family that lost a quite younger child. It’s just something that we feel a calling towards,” Johnson said.
They’re now collecting donations for the McCaulou family.
The community can donate at the Steady Grinding Coffee House in the Heights or the Shepherd location. The Shepherd location will also be donating one hundred percent of their tips to the family.
Johnson wants the McCaulou family to know the community is here for them.
"Anything that they need. I think this speaks volumes. We’re a small voice but behind the community we’re a large voice," said Johnson.
Johnson has set up a Venmo (@SteadyGrindingCoffeeHouse) for donations for the family if you are unable to make it to either location.
(Editor Note: Authorities initially reported the children were both 5 years old. Q2 has confirmed the correct ages with family and the story has been updated.)