This year, as we proudly hang our seasonal greeting cards, displaying the smiling faces of our loved ones (and yes, sometimes their dogs), it’s easy to forget that for many people, the holidays aren’t all candy canes and carols.
For eight-year-old Safyre, the sole survivor of an arson attack that killed her family, and left her homeless, Christmas can be a painful reminder of what she’s lost.
In 2013, her father, younger sister, and brothers, were murdered in a senseless act. When firefighters found Safyre in what was left of her New York home, she was clutching her father’s chest, who saved her life, but couldn’t protect her from all of the flames.
Although the majority of her body is covered in burns, and she’s undergone over 50 surgeries, including a hand and foot amputation, Safyre, who is being raised by her dad’s sister, is still a joyful child, who has remained strong through the devastation.
“Safyre is a typical 8-year-old—she’s just wrapped in a different package,” her aunt, Liz Dolder says. “She is the bravest, most courageous little girl you will ever meet. She is funny and witty, sweet and caring, and super strong…She is truly amazing. Once you meet her, she is unforgettable.”
Now her community is rallying around the brave little girl to ask for folks across the world to send her Christmas cards to ensure that this year gets a little bit cheerier for Safyre who has already been through so much.
“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 shared. “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.”
If you’ve got a stamp to spare, and feel like spreading a little joy, you can mail the cards to:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306