The scars on Safyre Terry's face make her the lucky one; her father, sister, and two brothers were killed in a fire caused by arson two years ago. But Safyre escaped, after her dad used his own body to shield her from the flames.
Since the horrible accident that took her family, this brave little girl has endured more than 50 surgeries, and heartbreakingly lost her hand and foot as a result of her injuries; burns cover 75 percent of her tiny body. But despite her unimaginable physical pain, and emotional turmoil, Safyre enjoys many of the things other kids her age do, including receiving Christmas cards.
When her aunt Liz Dolder, who now has custody of the little girl, recently set up a tree card holder, Safyre said she couldn't wait to fill it up. "Honey, that's probably not gonna happen. We maybe get 10 cards a year, and the card tree holds 100," Dolder responded.
But then the mom-of-four got an idea. She posted this request on Facebook: "I wonder how many of my friends would take the time to write and send Safyre a Merry Christmas card that she can hang on her card tree...." She included an address where cards could be sent:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady NY 12306
Dolder never imagined the response her request would receive, as cards began pouring in. She later shared this update: "BELIEVE BELIEVE BELIEVE She did. When she said she can't wait to fill up the card tree my response was I don't think it's gonna get filled up but I am sure we will get a few more cards. She BELIEVED and ALL of YOU are making it happen. THANK YOU.....FAITH LOVE HOPE TO ALL."
Meanwhile, Dolder's husband Mike recently lost his job. You can learn more about how to help this incredible family on their You Caring page.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.