This is Safyre Terry, a brave and beautiful little girl with a Christmas wish that will warm your heart: she wants to fill this card tree with 100 holiday cards.
Two years ago, Safyre lost her father, three-year-old sister, and two baby brothers to an arson attack. She was found lying in her dad’s arms — his final act was shielding her from the blaze — and she suffered severe burns on 75 percent of her body. Since then, the courageous eight-year-old has undergone more than 50 operations, lost her right hand and left foot, and continues to struggle with painful scar tissue.
Safyre’s aunt, Liz Dolder, purchased this card tree a few days ago and tells Buzzfeed that Safyre immediately got excited about filling the entire thing up. Dolder says they receive, on average, about ten cards a year, and she was worried Safyre would be disappointed when the majority of the tree was left bare. She posted about the card tree on Facebook, and a family friend, Kevin Clark, shared a request for cards that has since gone viral.
There are still a little over two weeks until Christmas, and the story is getting so much attention that I think it’s safe to say little Safyre is going to need a bigger P.O. box. It’s heartwarming to watch the love pouring in from all over the world, and it gives you a true sense of what the holiday season is all about.
Christmas has become such a grandiose occasion that it’s easy to forget the simple joy of receiving a card or taking a moment out of your day to wish someone well. Safyre’s excitement over these cards is a stunning reminder that love and generosity are what really make the holidays special, and it’s easier to light up someone’s life than you might expect.
If you’d like to send a card to Safyre, you can mail one to:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306