During Hurricane Sandy’s severe weather on October 2012, toddler Tripp Halstead was critically injured when a large branch fell on his head. Months later, the Halstead family struggles with daily life, but has received help from thousands of individuals, plus contractors and companies like ABC Supply and Simonton Windows.
“There is a chain of support for this family,” said Chea Prince with ABC Supply Co. Inc. in Smyrna, Ga. “We learned about the need for improvements to the Halstead home from Vince Smith, owner of Hassle Free Window & Door Company, LLC. He asked for a donation of windows so he could install them in the Halstead home at no charge. We contacted Simonton Windows who immediately agreed to donate their Energy Star qualified Simonton ProFinish Contractor windows to this project.”
Due to the medical needs of Tripp, the family has to move to a one-level home closer to relatives for daily assistance. Located in Jefferson, Ga., a house is being completely remodeled with the assistance of Sunshine On a Ranney Day Non-Profit Foundation that helps children with long-term illnesses in the Atlanta area with dream home makeovers. An anticipated July 13 completion date has been set for the Halstead home that will feature wheelchair ramps and a chair lift.
“We understand Tripp’s need for a wheelchair made it important for the family to sell their multi-level home,” said Smith. “My wife and I were following Tripp’s daily setbacks and progress on Facebook and decided we’d donate my services to install the new Simonton windows. These are energy-efficient, low-maintenance windows that will provide the family with dependable service in the future.”
The brain injury Tripp sustained during the storm has required numerous surgeries and an unsure prognosis for the future. Currently the family anticipates the move into the new home so they can better accommodate Tripp’s daily needs. For more information, visit www.sunshineonaranneyday.com.