This 8-Year-Old Arson Victim Wants Cards For Christmas, So Let’s Hope The Internet Steps Up And Gives Them To Her
A little girl in Schenectady, New York, is asking for Christmas cards from around the world this season, and the Internet is coming through for her, because if anybody deserves a happy Christmas, it’s Safyre Terry.
In 2013, a fire that inspectors suspect was purposefully set took the lives of Safyre Terry’s father and three younger siblings. Safyre, who was only five at the time, was saved because her father covered her with his body, but she still suffered severe burns to over 75 percent of her body and lost her right hand and left foot to her injuries. She’s had over 50 surgeries, and there are more in her future.
Safyre is now 8 years old and living with her aunt, Liz Dolder, and five cousins. According to Buzzfeed News, Dolder recently bought an old metal card holder in the shape of a Christmas tree, and Safyre was particularly excited about the prospect of getting enough cards to fill it. Dolder was apprehensive and tried to tell Safyre that they usually did not get enough cards to fill a tree like that.
“Honey, that’s probably not gonna happen,” Dolder said. “We maybe get 10 cards a year, and the card tree holds 100.”
Well, now the Internet is involved, and it looks like Dolder is going to need to get a bigger tree. Dolder posted about Safyre’s request on her Facebook community page, Safyre Schenectady’s Super Survivor, and it’s now been shared over 22,000 times. Dolder’s post went up on December 3, and Safyre has already received cards from all around the U.S. as well as Italy, Sweden, Russia, and the U.K. (She’ll be getting one from Germany soon, if she hasn’t already.)
“When she opens these cards, the twinkle in her eye and the sparkle in her smile are priceless,” Dolder said.
If anyone deserves to have a Christmas wish come true, it’s this little girl. Cards can be sent to:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady NY 12306
(Photo: Facebook/Safyre Schenectady’s Super Survivor)