8-year old burn victim asks for Christmas cards; overwhelmed when world answers

Photo: WTEN

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A little girl from Schenectady’s Christmas wish is coming true.

Sa’fyre Terry was the only survivor of a 2013 arson that took the lives of her father and three siblings. She also suffered severe burns over most of her body.

“May 2, 2013 her whole life changed,” Sa’fyre’s aunt and caregiver Liz Dolder said. “She is my strength. She is so much more than that.”

A call was put out on Facebook to send the 8-year-old Christmas cards to fill her card tree. The post has since gone viral, and just five days after the picture was posted, her P.O. Box is overflowing with love from around the world.

Sa’fyre arrived at the post office on Tuesday to pick up her mail and was surprised by the large amount she has received.

Dolder told her she was coming to the post office to pick up one card, and when she was shown a bin filled with cards and presents, her reaction was as genuine as they come.

But the mail won’t stop any time soon. Tuesday was the first of many trips to the post office for Sa’fyre and her family. Word about her Christmas wish is still circling the world.

So far, cards have come in from Illinois, Kentucky, Connecticut, and even the North Pole.

“Smallest post office here in Rotterdam,” Schenectady County Postmaster John Reilly said. “I hope it gets overwhelmed and have someone to come in to help and want to help in any way we can.”

Locally, the McKownville Fire Department is just one department, business or family that has taken up a collection for Sa’fyre. They plan to send out their cards sometime this week.

“I’m just happy that she could find some happiness now,” firefighter Jessica Falconiere said. “I’m glad that we can be a part of that, but more importantly, I’m glad that she can have a great Christmas.”

“Most, if not all, of the people in the department have brought this back to their families and to their places of business as well, so it’s just really going to spread from here,” McKownville Fire Chief Russ Becker said.

As the messages have poured in, Dolder can’t believe her eyes. She feels as though Sa’fyre has become a living message of hope, faith and love.

“If you could just see what I see, and that’s why I share what I share because it’s just so remarkable,” she said.

Dolder said the magic of Christmas has come full circle. Sa’fyre’s family has helped her heal since the tragic fire, and now Sa’fyre is an inspiration to people all over the world.

If you want to send a card, address it to:

Sa’fyre Terry

P.O. Box 6126

Schenectady, N.Y. 12306 USA

>>Our sister station WTEN first reported this story

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