Volunteers demolish inside of home to help Tripp Halstead
JEFFERSON, GA (CBS46) -
It was a special day for Tripp Halstead and his family; not so much at the hospital, but at his soon-to-be new home.
The 2-year-old is still recovering from a brain injury after a tree limb fell on his head. Once he's out of the hospital he will require special treatment, so the house needs to be modified.
Sunday was demolition day at the house, as the transformation to a more handicap accessible home is officially under way.
After the Halsteads thanked dozens of volunteers who showed up to help, they took the first swing of a hammer to kick things off.
"It felt good. You have some built up aggression and it's nice to swing a sledge hammer," said Tripp's mom, Stacy Halstead.
But they didn't get to help out too much. The majority of the work and the finished product will be a surprise to them.
Both Bill and Stacy Halstead said that's fine with them.
"It's going to be a lot more professionally done than what I would do," said Bill Halstead.
But first things had to get messy.
Danny Phillips is the head supervisor of the project.
"Basically every room in the house is getting touched by us in one shape or form," said Phillips.
All that work created one chaotic house.
"It's very, very loud in here. It's a little overwhelming, but it's good," said volunteer Claire Smith.
Most of the volunteers said they're there to help out the family, but they also admit they were having some fun.
"Everybody is just having fun and taking out aggression. It's work, but a lot of fun," said Smith.
But that doesn't mean they weren't doing some good work.
"It's going quick. We have a lot of hands here to help so that's nice," said volunteer Peter Ranney.
The Halstead family said the amount of support from the community continues to overwhelm them.
"We are so thankful that people have taken interest and that's reason why we have demo day today is so many people care about him and they want to help. They've fallen in love with him," said Stacy Halstead.
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