Jill Layton
December 12, 2015 11:50 am

Recently, we told you about 8-year-old Safyre Terry who was badly burned in a devastating fire that took the lives of her dad and three siblings. Her aunt Liz Dolder, now her legal guardian, posted a photo to Facebook of Safyre with an empty Christmas card tree and a message asking friends and family to send Christmas cards to Safyre so she can fill up her card tree. A supporter of Safyre, Kevin Clark, then posted the image and message to his own Facebook page, and Safyre’s story went viral.

People on social media posted countless messages encouraging everyone they knew to send cards.


People all over the world with huge hearts started sending Christmas cards — and now Safyre has received more cards than she knows what to do with. And she’s absolutely loving it! Dolder posted this video of a very happy Safyre enjoying all of her cards:


ABC7 reports that the response has been incredible. “This year’s been magical, amazing,” Dolder said. “I haven’t found a word in my vocabulary to describe what has happened.”

Around 18,000 cards and letters and 400 packages were delivered to Safyre Friday morning in a two-ton truck. The mail delivery person said the mail will likely need to be delivered in a tractor-trailer next week. That’s so many cards, you guys!

Safyre also received teddy bears, stuffed kittens, jewelry, tiaras, personalized Christmas tree ornaments, socks, books and cards signed by entire classrooms of schoolchildren.

A friend of the family made a page on You Caring crowdfunding site, with a goal of $15,000 to help Dolder and her husband Mike — Safyre’s new family — deal with medical costs. As of now, more than $300,000 has been donated. All for one special little girl who put out a simple request. A request that the world delivered on in a big way.

(Featured image via Facebook)