Volunteers begin work on Tripp Halstead's new home
WINDER, GA (CBS46) -
Tripp Halstead will have a new home when his parents bring him home from the hospital.
The 2-year-old was hit in the head by a tree limb at his Winder daycare in Oct. 2012 causing a near-fatal brain injury.
The family sold their home and purchased a new home through foreclosure that will better fit Tripp's medical needs. Now, volunteers are renovating the house to get it ready.
To say the inside needs work might be an understatement.
Holly Ranney is the president of Sunshine on a Ranney Day, a charity organization that does home makeovers for children with long term illnesses.
"The master bathroom is the scariest thing we've ever seen," said Ranney.
Operations manager Danny Phillips couldn't agree more.
"It's God-awful. I can't even begin to tell you what's wrong with it," said Phillips.
Adding to the work, the house has to be made completely handicap assessable with wheelchair ramps, wider doors and stairs with a lift. Luckily, contractors and volunteers came out of the woodwork to help.
"Every day we get a phone call of someone wanting to help. It's been overwhelming the love and support for this family," said Ranney.
"It's not about business right now. It's about this family and what we can do to lift them up," said Phillips.
Another unique part about this project is Tripp's parents, Bill and Stacy, won't have any idea what its going to look like. Stacy said that's fine with her.
"I've got so much to worry about. This is one thing I don't have to worry about - picking curtains, couches - and that's even better," said Stacy Halstead.
She said no matter what it looks like, it's going to mean the world to them and make a huge difference for Tripp.
"The fact that he will feel at home is just the most amazing thing. We don't ever have to be apart from him. When we're in the bedroom, he's in the bedroom; we're in the kitchen, he is in the kitchen. That's the most important thing, that it's his home, that he can go where he wants to go," said Stacy Halstead.
But both Tripp and the workers have a long a way to go.
Tripp is doing his part recovering in the hospital, and the workers said they aren't going to let him down.
"Failure is not an option. We have to be done in 90 days. Holly wants the keys, and we want this family in this house. That's what's going to happen," said Phillips.
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Thursday, March 27 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:56:41 GMT
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