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This Girl Whose Entire Family Got Killed In An Act Of Arson Just Wants Cards For Christmas

After losing her entire family in a suspected arson fire, her supporters are hoping a few letters can go a long way.

Safyre Terry of New York is asking people to help her make this Christmas a little more merry. Normally, Christmas is a holiday associated with family, but for Safyre, that just isn't possible.

Two years ago, a fire caused by arson killed Safyre's father, sister, and two brothers.

Safyre was found next to her father, who used his body to shield her from the fire. She is the only person to survive the blaze, although she suffered burns on over 75% of her body.

Safyre's paternal aunt Liz Dolder, who now has sole custody of Safyre, told BuzzFeed News the extent of her injuries.

Safyre has had multiply operations, over 50. She had lost her right hand, three months after the fire and lost her left foot in March.

She continues to have problem with her mouth due to the scar tissue tightening up. Her next operation on January 5th.

In spite of the numerous surgeries and constant challenges she faces while trying to recover, Safyre has also received a ton of support from the local community.

In the two years since the tragedy, local residents have done everything in their power to ensure that Safyre has as normal a life as possible.

Like many kids her age, Safyre loves Christmas and a lot of the traditions associated with it.

Dolder bought a tree to hang Christmas cards on this year, and Safyre instantly got excited: "I can't wait to fill it up." Dolder said her response was, "Honey, that's probably not gonna happen. We maybe get 10 cards a year, and the card tree holds 100."

Determined to do something, Dolder posted a request on Facebook, and since Safyre no longer really has any immediate family, her supporters have also taken to Imgur in a campaign to get her as many Christmas cards as possible.

Facebook: Schenectadyssupersurvivor

Since the initial call to action a few days ago, people have been eager to send Safyre their own cards...

...and make Safyre's holiday wish come true.

Christmas cards for Safyre can be sent to:

P.O. Box 6126

Schenectady, NY 12306, USA


Safyre has been flooded with thousands of cards from around the world! Read the full story here.