The exterior of the Halstead home, shown before and after. Photo by Sunshine on a Ranney Day and FOX Carolina.
Tripp Halstead's new bedroom. Photo by FOX Carolina.
The therapy area of Tripp Halstead's room. Photo by FOX Carolina.
The Halstead family's kitchen and dining area. Photo by FOX Carolina.
Photo of Tripp Halstead from the Tripp Halstead Updates' Facebook page.
JEFFERSON, GA (FOX Carolina) -
A Georgia family, whose little boy was seriously injured last year, received the keys to their newly remodeled home on Saturday afternoon. The family toured the home for the very first time and were brought to tears several times during the tour.
Tripp Halstead, 2, was playing outside of his daycare in the Atlanta area last October, when a large tree branch fell on him. Tripp's parents, Bill and Stacy Halstead, began detailing the story of his recovery on a Facebook page that has almost 1,000,000 followers.
When the nonprofit organization, Sunshine on a Ranney Day, learned that the Halsteads recently bought a new ranch-style home in Jefferson, GA, the organization jumped in to provide the family with a total home makeover. Right after closing on the house, Tripp's parents handed their keys over to Sunshine on a Ranney Day.
During Saturday's reveal, the Halsteads began the tour by seeing Tripp's new bedroom. It is decorated in a Disney Cars theme and includes both a therapy area and a place for his parents to sleep next to him.
The makeover also included a new bedroom for Tripp's parents and a giant master bathroom, a place specially made for Stacy Halstead to relax.
The kitchen area is fully accessible to Tripp via wheelchair, with full clearance to his wheelchair even around the kitchen island. The dining area has a dining room table situated so that Tripp's parents can easily push his wheelchair right up to it for family meals.
There is also a large entertainment area with a pool table, ping pong table and new television. There is a poster from the movie Pay It Forward, signed by actors Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, especially for the Halstead family.
In addition, the makeover included a bedroom for grandparents, with a large bathroom for them as well.
For the grand finale, Bill and Stacy Halstead walked to their backyard to see a poster announcing that they would soon be getting an in-ground pool, with customized ramps and benches for Tripp. The pool is being donated so that Tripp can do water therapy. While the pool was not ready in time for Saturday's reveal, the poster showed the family what it will look like.
Bill and Stacy Halstead took turns holding Tripp as they walked through the house, showing their son their new home. One of the most personal details of the makeover is all of the Halstead family photos that were framed and hung all around the home. Several family photos were even incorporated into the ceiling.
The Halsteads were at times brought to tears, overcome by all that had been done. In one particularly touching moment, Bill and Stacy Halstead both began to cry while standing in their new entertainment room and they embraced each other for a moment.
On the organization's website, Sunshine on a Ranney Day says the goal of this project was, "to transform their new house into a comfortable, functional, and accessible home. The open floor plan will allow Tripp to get around in his wheelchair once he comes home."
Last month, Tripp's story captured the attention of the Upstate, when a man rode his bike from his hometown in New York to Tripp's hometown in Georgia to raise money for Tripp's family. One leg of the bike ride took the cyclist, Dave Nazaroff, through several Upstate counties and people lined several streets to cheer him on. Nazaroff took donations along the way and ended his journey by pulling Tripp along for the last leg, through part of GA.
Sunshine on a Ranney Day is a non-profit organization based in the Atlanta area that provides dream room makeovers to children with long-term illnesses. The organization was founded by Holly and Peter Ranney. Peter Ranney has ties to the Upstate. He is a graduate of Clemson University. On their website, the Ranneys say they started the charity organization in order to serve the community and to make a positive impact while using their passions and skills.
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