Toddler Suffers Critical Head Injury and Inspires Whole State
A two-year-old boy who has been fighting a life-and-death battle for months has touched an entire community. And hundreds are reaching back to help him and his family.
Tripp Halstead of Winder, Ga., suffered a critical head injury in October when he was hit in the head by a falling limb. Since then, he has had eight surgeries. But his reach is far beyond his bed in an Atlanta children's hospital. His family's Facebook page, dedicated to faithful updates, is up to more than 277,000 "likes."
Several Chick-fil-A restaurants around the region, in towns like Carrollton and Loganville, have hosted fundraising nights to help the family with medical bills and to help keep his mother by his side during his recovery.
Owner/Operator Justin Day said his Villa Rica restaurant was packed for three solid hours during its spirit night for the Halstead family. The night, with sales and outright donations to the family, raised nearly $6,300.
"It's what we do as Chick-fil-A Operators," Justin says. "We are invested in our community. People know that. And when they know that, they come out and support these things. We couldn't do any of this without our customers. This wasn't us writing a big fat check. This was our customers, rallying around and supporting this."
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