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Tripp Halstead's family gets tour of new home

Renovations completed for injured youngster in new Jefferson house

POSTED: July 14, 2013 11:27 a.m.

Hundreds of family and friends joined Tripp Halstead’s family as they were shown their newly renovated home for the first time Saturday in Jefferson.

Tripp is the 2-year-old who suffered a head injury when a tree fell on him outside his Winder day care last October.

The Halsteads bought a new house in the Jefferson area earlier this year so they could be closer to family and friends who could help take care of Tripp.

Tripp’s father Bill Halstead planned on doing the renovations himself until the nonprofit organization, Sunshine on a Ranney Day, stepped in and offered to do the work. Little did the Halsteads know that their entire lives were about to change for the good.

“Welcome home, Tripp,” said Holly Ranney, co-founder of Sunshine on a Ranney Day, as Bill and mother Stacy pushed Tripp’s wheelchair up his new driveway. Tripp was awake and alert during all the excitement.

A crowd surrounded the family as they made their way up to the front porch. Everyone there clapped and cried throughout the event.

“As soon as we pulled up, we really did feel like everything was going to be OK,” said Stacy Halstead before entering her home for the first time. “This is not a house; this is our home. It’s made for Tripp. It’s a house that can be his, where he can be comfortable and it will be a part of him.”

The Halsteads, the camera crew, interior designer Jennifer Crosby and contractor Danny Phillips, along with Holly and Pete Ranney, made their way into the house as the crowd watched the Halsteads’ reaction on a large LED screen set up in the driveway.

As the family entered each room, they couldn’t contain their excitement.

“I love all the little details. It’s very open and very awesome,” Stacy said while walking through the kitchen and living room area.

As they made their way into Tripp’s new bedroom and therapy room, everyone cried tears of joy and excitement. Tripp’s new room had a “Cars” mural on the wall because that is his favorite movie. The therapy room was full of equipment that will help with his daily development and training.

The parents then saw their new master bedroom and bathroom and couldn’t stop saying phrases such as “Oh, my gosh, that is amazing!”

The crowd ooohed and ahhhed when the family saw Tripp’s new chairlift that will help him get upstairs without any trouble.

“Nowhere in this house can Tripp not go in his wheelchair,” Phillips said.

The new game room is full of framed jerseys from the family’s favorite sports teams. And there is a spare bedroom for Tripp’s cousins whom they call the “crazies.”

Family photographs had been framed and displayed throughout the house. Stacy was overwhelmed with emotion as she saw some of her favorite photos of Tripp before his injury. One of the photos was mounted among the ceiling tiles of the game room.

After the tour, the family walked out to their backyard where a display announced there will be a pool donated so that Tripp can do water therapy. The pool was not ready but will soon be available for Tripp’s family to enjoy.

The family made their way back to the front porch and said a special thank you to all the vendors and volunteers.

“I can’t help but feel like by walking through these front doors, we’re leaving all the bad stuff behind,” Bill Halstead said.

The family and SOARD thanked everyone, and they went inside to eat cake and celebrate their new home.

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