In May 2013, Safyre Terry’s life was saved by her father’s sacrifice. David Terry used his own body to shield his five-year-old daughter from a blaze that took the lives of his other three children and ultimately his own. Little Safyre’s body was over 75 percent burned, and she has spent the past two and a half years in constant recovery: having over 50 surgeries, fighting off infections and suffering the amputation of her right hand and her left leg below the knee.
Surviving such a horrific tragedy has not dampened this eight-year-old child’s spirits, however, and she has remained steadfastly cheerful and loving. Now living with her aunt and uncle, Safyre’s story went viral on Facebook when a biker named Kevin Clark, a friend and advocate for Safyre, posted that all this little girl wanted for Christmas was enough Christmas cards to fill her Christmas card tree.
That simple request, on top of such bravery and resilience for such a young child, captured the heart of the nation, and Safyre’s Christmas wish has more than been fulfilled. Christmas cards and gifts poured in such abundance that Safyre’s family needed help to open them all, and dozens showed up to lend a hand.
In addition to filling up her Christmas card tree, one of Safyre’s classmates nominated her for a trip to Disney World from the organization Baking Memories 4 Kids, that sells cookies to raise money to send injured or ill children on vacation. Safyre was granted that request and will soon go to Disney World.
If you wish to send Safyre a Christmas card, address it to: P.O. Box 6126, Schenectady, NY, 12306. If you want to donate to help with Safyre’s medical bills, you can do that on her YouCaring page.