Fundraiser planned for toddler struck by limb


Members of the community are stepping up to raise money for a 2-year-old critically injured by a fallen tree limb.

Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh has spent the week tracking the condition of Tripp Halstead since he was struck by the limb at a Winder day care Monday. Now, the boy is fighting for his life after emergency brain surgery.

On Friday, the Halsteads said the swelling on Tripp’s brain has increased, and they’re praying for a miracle. A Facebook page devoted to the boy’s status said, “Sounds like today is going to be the most trying day so far so please continue to pray. We still need a miracle."

Tripp’s story has prompted support from across the globe, including a Buford hair salon planning a fundraiser for the Halstead family. 

“Our main focus is to help pull together so they can make their bills, their mortgage, their utilities,” Whata Cutie Cuts manager Kristie Kemen told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

The fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the salon on Financial Center Way. Half of the proceeds from all haircuts that day will be donated to the Halstead family, plus proceeds from a bake sale and auction.

"I just know that if that was my son, somebody would help me out," Kemen said.

Anyone who wants more information about the fundraiser is asked to call 770-271-1990 or email

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