Eight people were waiting in line outside Flavor Cupcakery in Bel Air before it opened Thursday, all waiting to get their sweet treats to support the family of 7-year-old Tripp Johnson, who was killed in a 12-vehicle crash Monday on Route 24.
“I saw this was for him, and I have two little girls of my own,” Carie Patrick of Darlington said as she waited for the customers ahead of her. “I don’t know them, but I thought this was a way I could help.”
Numerous restaurants and stores in and around Bel Air are rallying together to help the family of Tripp, of Joppa, whose mother, Megan Fulleylove, was in critical condition Wednesday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Also killed in the crash was Andrew Klein, 65, president of Klein’s Family Markets. He was laid to rest Wednesday.
Three Bel Air restaurants are hosting fundraisers for Johnson’s family Thursday.
Black Eyed Suzie's on Main Street, MaGerk's Bel Air on Bond Street and 510 Johnny’s on Marketplace Drive will be donating 20 percent of their sales today to the family. All tips at the upstairs bar of Black Eyed Suzie’s will also be donated.
Caprichos Books in the Armory Marketplace in Bel Air will donate 15 percent of all sales from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, as will Uptown Cheapskate at the Festival at Bel Air shopping center.
Charm City Run Bel Air on Main Street will be donating 20 percent of every purchase to the Johnson and Klein families after Monday's tragedy.
“Thank you for your support as we come together to support these members of the Bel Air community,” CCR posted on its Facebook page.
On Friday, unWined in North East in Cecil County will donate 20 percent of sales to victims and families.
Bonefish Grill at Harford Mall in Bel Air will help raise money for the family on Monday donating 25 percent of its proceeds to the family.
The Hair Lodge, Salon Studio and With Love Beauty Bar & Studios, both in Bel Air, are also collecting donations.
A GoFundMe page was set up by Tripp’s mother’s employer at https://www.gofundme.com/the-family-of-tripp-johnson; $52,000 had been raised by Thursday morning.
Julie Megargel was buying cupcakes Thursday morning, and planned to go to one of the dinner fundraisers Thursday night.
“I have a child. This is just heartbreaking,” Megargel said.
Fulleylove works for the podiatrist she sees and she knows Fulleylove, though not well.
“I drive that road all the time, I know the traffic, knowing that could be anyone,” Megargel said.
Henry Stone, 6, attended Faith Formation classes with Tripp at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Edgewood, Henry’s mom, Kara Stone, said after buying her cupcakes.
“Henry woke up Tuesday and said ‘Tripp’s with Jesus,’” she said.
At their Faith Formation class Monday night, the teachers talked with the kids about how God had other plans for Tripp, Stone said.
Jessica Haden’s daughter, McKenna, was in the same first-grade class last year as Tripp at William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School.
“She’s a mess. She can’t sleep, she can’t eat,” Haden said about her daughter. “She told me ‘his soul is with God,’ I’m going to find peace in that.”
Flavor owner Shelley Stannard said she was expected they would sell about 1,000 cupcakes Thursday, a day the store usually sells about 600 cupcakes to walk-in customers. Before opening at 10 a.m., they had already made 200 more than a typical Thursday and by 10:30, they were already making another 200.
Those were in addition to the pre-orders, Stannard said.
The son of the manager of the Cockeysville Flavor Cupcakery store played football with Tripp, so it’s hitting her especially hard, Stannard said.
“We try to always help,” she said. “We are here for the community.”