Girl who Lost Family in Fire Receives Christmas Miracle

Two years ago, Safyre Terry lost her family, and barely escaped with her own life. This year, kind strangers have brought Safyre a Christmas miracle.

In 2013, Safyre's mother, father and three siblings perished in an arson attack on their New York home.

Buzzfeed News reports Safyre was the only person to survive the blaze thanks to her father who shielded her with his body. 

Despite the lucky escape, Safyre suffered burns to 75 per cent of her body. 

Since the tragic event, the eight-year-old girl has had over 50 operations, and lost her right hand and left foot. 

Her next -- and probably not last -- procedure is due to occur in January. 

Fortunately, Safyre has a new home with her aunt and carer, Liz Dolder. 

Recently, Liz noticed Safyre's spirits skyrocket when the family received the gift of a card-holding Christmas tree. 


Safyre is thrilled we got our first Christmas card. Thank you Aunt Lonnie. Safyre is excited to fill up the card tree. Sending out lots of Holiday cheer to ALL...... FAITH LOVE HOPE ....HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Posted by Safyre Schenectady's Super Survivor on Thursday, 3 December 2015

When Safyre told her aunt she couldn't wait to see the tree filled with Christmas cards, Liz was forced to tell her that would be unlikely.

"Honey, that’s probably not gonna happen," she reportedly said. "We maybe get 10 cards a year, and the card tree holds 100."

However, Liz posted a photo of an excited Safyre online - catching the attention of a local hero. 

Kevin Clarke saw the image on Facebook and decided to put a call out for cards for the little girl.

"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," he wrote alongside an image of Safyre and the tree. 


More than 26,000 Facebook shares later - including one from Hulk Hogan - Safyre has received cards and gifts from all over the world. 

Well-wishes are pouring in from Mexico, Canada, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Croatia - just to name a few!


Tree update it's growing THANKS TO ALL OF YOU ?? 27 cards today

Posted by Safyre Schenectady's Super Survivor on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

"“This is incredible,” Liz told the local Daily Gazette. “This is over the moon. … The world is in such turmoil, and then for this one man to bring about all this peace from around the world — to rally the world for this little girl is marvelous."

She said she hopes Safyre will keep the cards as a reminder of people's kindness.

"She can go and reflect on these cards,” she said, “look and see that people care."


Can someone say GLOWING...Safyre got mail today.

Posted by Safyre Schenectady's Super Survivor on Monday, 7 December 2015


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