Little Girl Who Survived Fire That Killed Her Family Gets Outpouring of Love for Christmas
An 8-year-old New York girl who survived a fire that killed the rest of her family asked for enough Christmas cards to fill her card tree.
Kevin Clark, a local biker, posted a picture of Safyre next to the tree when it had only one card on it.
“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….” he said, sharing the address in Schenectady.
Pretty soon, dozens of cards arrived.
A page dedicated to Safyre said that she was “glowing” when she received the first batch of mail.
Safyre, who was burned over 75 percent of her body and has undergone about 65 surgeries, including the amputation of one of her feet, soon received another surprise.
A charity made it possible for Safyre, her aunt and adopted caretaker Liz Dolder, Liz’s husband, and Liz’s twins to go to Walt Disney World.
“It’s magical,” Dolder told the Daily News. “You always hear about those horrible things happening. And for this to happen – it restores your faith in humanity.”
Safyre survived the fire because her father shielded her from the worst of the blaze by covering her with his body. Her younger sister and two toddler brothers perished.
The little girl is “walking on air,” Dolder said about the cards pouring in. “When our first Christmas card came in, it was like you handed this girl the world.”
“This is incredible,” she added to the Daily Gazette. “This is over the moon. … The world is in such turmoil, and then for this one man to bring about all this peace from around the world — to rally the world for this little girl is marvelous.”
And the Christmas cards will come in handy past the holidays, with Safyre able to go back and look at them.
“She can go and reflect on these cards,” Dolder said, “look and see that people care.”