Roswell-based Sunshine on a Ranney Day is set to soon begin a complete home renovation for the family of injured toddler Tripp Halstead - and they're hoping to get national attention for the effort from the Ellen talk show.
The local non-profit plans to start the home makeover of the Halstead family's new home, which is currently under contract, by the end of the month. Meanwhile, Holly and Pete Ranney are currently in the process of making sure the effort gets the support it needs to succeed.
One of the ways in which they are trying to get that attention is through a campaign to have Ellen DeGeneres feature the makeover project or the Halstead family's story on her show. The campaign to enlist Ellen's help kicked off this week and Holly is excited about its potential, hoping "hundreds of thousands of people join in on the venture," she told Roswell Patch.
Here's what else she had to say about the renovation project and how you can help:
Patch: How did the plan to do a makeover for Tripp Halstead's family come up?
Holly Ranney: We originally contacted them to see if they wanted us to makeover Tripp's room. Bill Halstead had just transformed Tripp's room five days before the accident, so he did not need it. I ended up taking a Lightning McQueen Fathead over to the hospital for Tripp's hospital room (Fathead is one of my vendors) just to help decorate. Through time we started to become good friends with the Halstead's. We donated one of our makeovers for a child with illness, to their silent auction. The Parker family ended up winning it. That money went to Tripp and the Parker family gets a room makeover from Sunshine! We currently have the Halstead's and the Parker's as projects right now. The Halstead's had to buy a new house so they could be closer to family and have the main floor wheelchair accessible. Once I found that out, I knew we could help! I am a buyer for Rooms To Go and I knew my company would help furnish. We have an amazing design team and resources and we knew the Halstead's had such huge support, that we could take this project on!
P: What will the makeover entail? When will it begin and how long will it take?
H: We are doing the entire house. It is a foreclosed home and needs a lot of love. We will be doing everything from wood floors for the wheelchair, knocking out walls, replacing the kitchen, new master bathroom so Stacy can have a nice retreat for relaxation and also handicap accessible for Tripp, landscaping...you name it! They close on their house March 21 and we will literally be in there starting the work on March 22. The goal is to have all the major renovations done in around two or three months. Then we will have the actual makeover day, where we will have volunteers put the finishing touch to it - finish painting, furnishing, decorating. Sunshine on a Ranney Day usually does a makeover day that starts early in the morning and the reveal is around 5 p.m. We will send Bill and Stacy out for the day wtih activities to enjoy time together. Then they will return for the reveal. It's going to be HUGE! Bill and Stacy are not going to be allowed inside the house at all during the renovations! Sunshine will take their keys the day they close! Ha! It will all be a surprise. We have been getting Stacy and Bill to go on Pinterest to pin styles and colors for us to reference for design help. We will also be working with their family to confirm we cover everything - to what they like and need.
P: How has the Halstead family responded to the idea of the makeover?
H: They are SUPER excited! They knew they had to buy a new home to make life easier for Tripp, but were worried about everything that needed to be done to the house and how they would have time to do it all with them being at the hospital 24/7 and Bill having to work. Plus, financially, with all of their medical bills and only Bill's income, they were going to have to do it step-by-step. We are giving them some peace of mind and they have something to look forward to.
P: How will the makeover be funded?
H: We are having company sponsors for certain parts of the project. We are also working on raising money to cover the costs of things that we do not have sponsored. Because of the magnitude of the work needing to be done, this is a costly project.
P: Do you need volunteers? How can people help?
H: We have had an overwhelming amount of people wanting to volunteer for the makeover. It's been amazing. This family definitely has a huge support system. We have to limit the amount of people to the actual day of the makeover to mostly the Halstead's close friends and family and also our sponsors, and Sunshine team. People can help in other ways by helping fundraise and also help us with our other makeovers. We have the Parker family makeover that will be around the same time. We can not forget about them, as well. Their story is also on our website.