Thousands of people have fulfilled an eight-year-old’s wish for Christmas cards — and also donated $300,000 for her future.
Safyre Terry survived an arson attack on her upstate New York home two years ago that killed the rest of her family. She has endured 20 surgeries since then.
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When her aunt, Liz Dolder, brought home a tree that could hold dozens of Christmas cards, the little girl wanted to fill every spot.
“My response was ‘I don’t think it’s gonna get filled up but I am sure we will get a few more cards’,” Dolder wrote on her Facebook page.
Hundreds of thousands of people viewed the post, and were moved to action.
On Friday a two-ton Postal Service truck pulled up to the Dolder home to unload 18,000 cards, letters, and packages for the holiday-loving orphan. Today, another 185,000 cards and 4000 packages.
The local postmaster expects the next delivery will require a tractor-trailer rig later this week.
In September Christine DelGallo started a crowdfunding campaign at YouCaring, hoping to raise $15,000 for the little girl, but after the massive media given to the card drive, the fund has reached $331,000 with the last week.
“She believed… and all of you are making it happen,” Dolder wrote in an update.
In addition, The non-profit “Baking Memories” granted the whole family an all-expenses-paid one week trip to Disney World–with a pass that puts them at the head of every line.
Read more details from Associated Press – The mailing address is Safyre, PO Box 6126, Schenectady, NY 12306
(Photo via Safyre Schenectady’s Super Survivor, Facebook)