MADISON, SD -
The Madison community is honoring the memory of a woman killed in a July car crash, and helping one of her favorite organizations. 20-year-old Becca Reese lost control of her suburban, and was thrown from her vehicle, because she wasn't wearing her seatbelt.
"It just the most devastating thing you can imagine; losing a child," Kristen Reese, Becca's mom, said.
Reese has been displaying Becca's suburban in Madison for a few weeks, hoping the damage encourages others to "Buckle Up for Becca." Ever since the crash, Reese has been trying to spread seatbelt awareness. Whether you are driving 100 miles, or just down the block, Reese said a seatbelt can protect you in a variety of crashes.
"I mean, a car doesn't have to be torn in half for somebody to die," Reese said.
The cause is spreading throughout the area.
"We always are willing to help out where we can," Marsha McVey, Taco John's Manager, said.
Becca worked at the Taco John's, and McVey said the young woman was a big hit with the customers.
"You know we touch people, when they come in the morning just to see her smile. Just to get the day going," McVey said.
From 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Taco John's is holding a fundraiser in Becca's name. 50-percent of every sale will go to Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, also known as ICAP. The organization is a community based non-profit organization which serves primarily low-income families and senior citizens in a 14-county area of East Central South Dakota. It also has head start programs for children. Reese said her daughter loved children, and hoped to have a family of her own some day. The money will go to the head start program, and part of it will help kids get car seats, if their families cannot afford them.
"She was big on wanting to give back. Pay it forward," Kristen said.
Reese hopes these efforts have a lasting impact, so other moms and dads never see what it's like to lose a child.
"She's the reason I'm able to do this. She's with me every day," Kristen said.
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