Although the cooler weather has not yet arrived, when it does, the deer will become more active, which could end up causing some collisions to occur.
But, for some, those deer collisions coming through the doors at Burnham's Collision Center, located in Metropolis, IL, the vehicle owners' misfortune may help some children in Massac County have a Merrier Christmas this year.
Jimmy and Vicki Burnham, owners of Burnham's Collision Center, have again teamed up with Massac County Sheriff's Department for the second annual Shop with a Cop program.
From Tuesday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 15, for every deer collision estimated at over $2,000, the Burnham’s will donate $50 to the local Shop with a Cop program. According to Vicki Burnham, last year they wrote a check to Massac County Sheriff's Department for $1,000. "We are hoping to exceed that this year," she said.
Burnham said his business will guarantee $500 for the program and will donate $50 for every deer collision vehicle they fix.
"Or, if you just want to donate to this worthy cause, come see us at Burnham's Collision or Massac County Sheriff's Department," said Jimmy Burnham.
According to Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor, last year the Burnham’s pitched the idea and he went to former Sheriff Ted Holder, who "gave us the green light and we ran with it," said Kaylor, pointing out Abbey Kaylor and Summer Clapp both played a big role in getting it all put together.
Kaylor said in addition to the $1,000 from Burnham's Collision Center, the sheriff's department had another $2,000 received from various other donations from businesses and individuals.
Last year's event helped two families and a total of 16 kids. "The two families were picked out after we talked to the schools. Principals and teachers gave us a lot of insight," said Kaylor.
Last year, prior to departing on the shopping trip on a bus donated by Durham School Services, the two families enjoyed pizza, dessert and soda at the Massac County Courthouse Annex. "The pizza party was a big hit. We definitely plan on doing it again this year," said Kaylor, adding, "I don't see us changing anything this year. It went really well last year," he said.