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Coffee shop raising money to help after 2 children died in ATV crash

Hunter and Olivia McCaulou died when the ATV they were in collided with a car.
Posted at 6:32 PM, Jun 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 12:03:22-04

BILLINGS — After two died in an ATV crash in Shepherd on Friday, the owners of Steady Grinding Coffee House are doing what they can to help.

Hunter and Olivia McCaulou, ages five and four, died when the side-by-side ATV they were in collided with a car. Authorities say the ATV was being driven by a 13-year-old and pulled in front of the vehicle.

KC Johnson and Taeler Hirsch have owned Steady Grinding Coffee House for two years and try to help the community whenever they can.

Johnson said, “Actually being able to see the pictures of the two kids really got to us.”

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 how that feels to go through that," Johnson said.

He explained, “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."

KC Johnson and Taeler Hirsch
Taeler Hirsch and KC Johnson

They’re now collecting donations for the McCaulou family.

The community can donate at the Steady Grinding Coffee House in the Heights or Shepherd location. The Shepherd location will also be donating 100% 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.

(Note: Authorities initially reported the children were both five years old. MTN News has confirmed the correct ages with family and the article has been updated.)


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Hunter and Olivia McCaulou died when the ATV they were in collided with a car.
Hunter and Olivia McCaulou died when the ATV they were in collided with a car.