Life is just a bit easier for toddler Tripp Halstead and his parents now after moving into a fully-accessible home last week.
Tripp, who was critically injured when a large branch fell on his head during Hurricane Sandy’s severe weather on October 29, 2012, struggles on a daily basis. But now, thanks to help from thousands of individuals, plus contractors and companies like ABC Supply and Simonton Windows, the family has moved into a one-level home with wheelchair ramps and a chair lift.
“There is a chain of support for this family,” says 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 had to move to the one-level home closer to relatives for daily assistance. Located in Jefferson, Ga., the house was 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.
“We understand Tripp’s need for a wheelchair made it important for the family to sell their multi-level home,” says Vince Smith with Hassle Free Window & Door Co. out of Marietta, Ga. “My wife and I were following Tripp’s daily setbacks and progress on Facebook and decided we’d donate my services to install the Simonton new construction 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. For more information on the home project, visit www.sunshineonaranneyday.com.