Hello friends and Happy Friday to you! Today I'm sharing a very special post with you, since not only do I know how much you love making cards, but I know how generous and thoughtful you are and would love to "pay it forward."
An 8-year-old girl who survived a house fire and suffered burns over 75 percent of her body has one wish this holiday season: She wants to fill her Christmas card holder with as many cards as possible.
In May 2013, someone set fire to the upstairs stairwell that led to Safyre Terry's apartment, killing her father, David Terry, and her three siblings, who were all under the age of three, the TODAY show reports.
But Safyre's father held her in his arms, protecting the young girl from breathing in the hot air – a heroic act that ultimately saved her life.
Now, Safrye, who lost her left foot and right hand and had to undergo more than 50 surgeries to graft skin over her burns, lives with her aunt Liz Dolder after her mother signed over custodial rights to the state of New York.
"Safyre lost everything – her father, her mother, her sister, her brothers, her home, her favorite toy, her favorite outfit – everything that was familiar to her," says Dodler, who petitioned the courts to become her guardian. "She even lost the one thing we all take for granted – her reflection. But she wakes every morning with a smile on her face. She is the true definition of hope, faith and love."
Dodler, who lives with her husband and five children in Rotterdam, New York, often posts updates on Safyre's health to a Facebook page she created called Safyre Schenectady's Super Survivor. On Dec. 3, she shared a photograph of Safyre with the Christmas card holder.
Please mail your cards to:Safyre
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady NY 12306, USA
*I thank you in advance for helping bring a smile to a little girl at Christmas simply by sending her some of the cards that you love making so much. This to me, is the spirit of the season and the meaning of Christmas.*