Sa’fyre Terry, who lost her family in a 2013 fire, asked for just one thing this year: Christmas cards to help fill up her aunt’s Christmas tree. After a viral social media campaign, Sa’fyre received over 300,000 cards and 3,000 packages.
When Sa’fyre was 5 years old a house fire took the lives of her father David, her 3-year-old sister Layah, and her two brothers 2-year-old Michael and 11-month-old Donavan. The fire was an act of arson.
Sa’fyre was found by firefighters beside her father, who they suspect shielded her from the flames. She was burned on over 75 percent of her body. After spending ten months in the hospital and losing her right hand and left foot, she has settled in with her aunt Liz Dolder, her uncle Mike, and their four children. According to WTVM, Sa’fyre has had over 50 operations.
Earlier this month it was reported that after Dolder bought a gold Christmas tree stand from Goodwill, Sa’fyre said she couldn’t wait to fill it with cards. Dolder took to social media to see what she could do.
“When the first card came in, it was like she won the lottery,” Dolder told ABC News. But she cautioned Sa’fyre not to expect too many more. But by December 14 Sa’fyre’s wish had spread across the world: on that day alone, according to Schenectady Post Master John Reilly, she received over 195,000 letters and 3,000 packages. In total, Reilly told ABC News, she has received 300,000 letters.
“It’s really wonderful, the outpouring of love for this family and this little girl,” Reilly said.
“She’s a living message to people that there’s hope, and no matter what you can get through anything,” Dolder told ABC, “She helped me move forward… I will never be able to repay her.”
More than 50 volunteers came out to help Sa’fyre open her cards and packages.
The charity Baking Memories 4 Kids also awarded Sa’fyre, Liz, Mike and their four children with a trip to Walt Disney World in February.
Additionally, the crowd funding campaign started to help the family pay for medical bills has surpassed its $15,000 goal and reached nearly $400,000.
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