The parents of Tripp Halstead are warning people who supported them and their son over the last five years to be careful of fundraising efforts that may be set up in his name without the family’s knowledge.
Stacy Halstead told followers of the Tripp Halstead Updates Facebook page on Saturday that while a Go Fund Me page was set up, the family was not affiliated with it. The 7-year old boy, who suffered a traumatic head injury after a tree limb fell on him at his daycare center during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, died Thursday.
A memorial service was held Sunday.
“Unfortunately I have already seen a (GofundMe account) set up for Tripp,” Stacy Halstead wrote in her Facebook post. “It may be totally legitimate but we are not and will not be setting up a (GofundMe account). So please do not donate to anything except what we post on this page. I do not want you guys to get scammed.”
The Halstead family has been trying to head off any potential money-raising scams that use Tripp’s name and picture since shortly after he died Thursday. His mother posted the first warning on the Tripp Halstead Updates page on Friday.
By Monday afternoon, there were no pages on the GoFundMe website claiming to raise money in his name.
The family has been urging well-wishers to pick any charity they prefer and make a donation in Tripp’s name if they want to make a financial gift.
“We have so many charities to thank, wouldn’t be fair to chose just one,” Stacy Halstead said in a Facebook post on Friday.
Anyone who would like to send a card to the family, however, can send it to P.O. Box 509, Jefferson, Ga. 30549.