A young girl who has suffered the loss of her family has touched the Internet with her Christmas wish list.
Safyre Terry from Schenectady, New York, is the sole survivor of a May 2013 arson attack that killed her father, sister and two brothers, The Washington Post reports. She was 5 at the time of the incident.
The young child was found alive with her father’s body shielding her from the flames.
Safyre needed 10 months of initial hospitalization as over 75 percent of her body was covered in burns, according to the YouCaring page created for the child and her family. She has undergone over 50 surgeries, including the amputation of her right hand and left foot, Redbook reports. Nevertheless, she's maintained her loving spirit.
"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," Liz Dolder, the girl's aunt, said, according to Redbook. "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."
Dolder bought a Christmas tree that can hold up to 100 cards. After receiving their first Christmas card, Safyre, who is now 8 years old, told her aunt, “I can’t wait to fill it all up.”
Although she initially told her niece that it was unlikely that they’d receive so many cards, Dolder decided to ask the Internet for help.
A picture with Safyre next to the Christmas tree with its sole card was posted to Facebook on Dec. 4.
"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….” the post reads.
(Photo of Safyre next to Christmas card tree with one Christmas card in it. Photo Credit: Kevin Clark/Facebook)
The post has received over 4,000 comments and 20,000 likes.
In a Dec. 9 Facebook post, Safyre thanked everyone and said they need to find more space to display all the cards she’s received.
“This is absolutely amazing, it takes my breath away,” an update on the Safyre Schenectady's Super Survivor Facebook page reads. “We, my family and I have been through so much darkness of this this world. Then to see the most powerful BEAUTY of the world. The world coming together to make Safyre's wish come true is unfathomable.
" ... Safyre is a living testimony, 'no matter what, you can get through anything' as long as you BELIEVE in HOPE FAITH LOVE. Thank you doesn't quite say enough for the graditude we have for all you caring and generosity. THANK YOU."