CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Can you spare a dollar? That's the hope behind a new fundraising campaign to generate reward money for the Crime Solvers program.
It has seen a dip in donations. But this new approach is already making headway.
Here's how it works, you donate at least a dollar with your purchase at certain Chesterfield and Colonial Heights businesses and you get to put your name on a card for display at the register.
The program started about 2 weeks ago and is already successful at a time where money is tight in this economy.
You've seen the kind of fundraising before at gas stations and convenience stores. Only this one helps fight crime!
"We need it. Our fundraising efforts have been down a little bit and our rewards have been up. We've had good successes. People are coming out to call up about the bad guys," said Bob Schrum, President of Flagstop Car Washes.
Schrum is on the Crime Solvers board.
In just the last few days, several dozen people have stepped up with cash donations at his car washes and gas station.
"It's a buck and I doubt seriously if we've had very many no's," said Schrum.
Sheetz got on board when the campaign started two weeks ago. So far, Chesterfield Police Detective Kevin Bacon said five locations combined collected $1300.
"It is incredible the amount of response we've gotten in just a short period of time," said Det. Bacon.
Crime Solvers relies on donations to put up rewards for information to solve cases like the wreck last month in Chester that left a brother and sister seriously hurt when they were run off the road.
Every cent goes to the program.
Detective Bacon said bigger donations are still coming in but not as frequently.
"With the economy being as much of a challenge as it has been, Crime Solvers has found its fundraising hasn't been as successful as it's been in the past," said Det. Bacon.
Detective Bacon said like other non-profits, Crime Solvers has done some belt-tightening, but won't stop paying rewards.
"The rewards continue. We're solving cases constantly," said Det. Bacon.
You can find a list of participating businesses on the Chesterfield Colonial Heights Crime solvers website at www.crimesolvers.net
The fundraising campaign is in conjunction with January being National Crime Stoppers month.