FUNDRAISER FOR TRIPP JOHNSON | 'It's something little for something so tragic'

    FUNDRAISER FOR TRIPP JOHNSON | 'It's something little for something so tragic'

    BEL AIR, Md. (WBFF) - The Harford County community is rallying together to raise money for the family of 7-year-old Tripp Johnson. Johnson was one of two people killed Monday in a car crash in Bel Air.

    It wasn't your typical Thursday lunch rush at Black Eyed Suzie's, a popular spot along Main Street.

    All hands were on deck and the staff was barely able to keep up with demand.

    Angie Baker and her co-workers showed up before noon and still had a wait.

    “We did [wait] quite a few minutes,” she said. “But it was worth it and this is an amazing thing to do for their family.”

    Carole Lauvach said: “Just to support, whatever we can do. It’s something little for something so tragic.”

    Twenty percent of all proceeds go to the Johnson family. Schools, businesses and families ordered to-go orders to support the family. Hundreds of community members, even Johnson’s family, showed up for a seat at the restaurant.

    Tripp’s Aunt, Toni-Ann Fafazza, says the fundraiser means a lot to the family.

    “Tripp was like full of life, and I'm not just saying these things because he's gone.”

    This is the first outing for much of Tripp’s family since the crash.

    “I held it together today, until I came in here,” Fafazza said. “Everyone's in good spirits. Some are awful.”

    For four days, she's been processing and watching the community come together.

    The support was needed not only for Tripp but for his mother, who remains in critical condition at Shock Trauma.

    Fafazza said: “She just yesterday found out [about Tripp] and she's injured, but emotion-wise, you can just imagine ... awful.”

    Lauvach said: “There's really no words. It’s on all our minds every day. And a lot of prayers.”

    Black Eyed Suzie's will be open until 11 p.m. Thursday night.

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