Safyre Terry, Lone Survivor Of Arson, Has One Christmas Wish
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Safyre Terry, Lone Survivor Of Arson, Has One Christmas Wish

Help Make This 8-Year-Old's Christmas Special

Safyre Terry, Lone Survivor Of Arson, Has One Christmas Wish
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Meet Safyre Terry, a smiley, blonde 8-year-old from Schenectady, New York. However, she is not an ordinary third-grader. In May of 2013, a horrible act of arson occurred at 438 Hulett Street, where the Terry family's apartment was located. Safyre's father heroically sacrificed his own life by protecting his little girl from the hot, smoky air.

While Safyre ended up making it out of the fire alive due to her father's courageous acts of love, the rest of her family was much less fortunate. Safyre tragically lost her father, David Terry and her three siblings: Michael, Donavan and Layah (pictured below), who were all under the age of three.

Edward Leon, convicted of the arson, faces up to ten years in prison for the crime that tore the family apart. He lied to the federal grand jury about where he was the night of the crime.

While it's true that Safyre survived the tragedy, she wasn't unscathed. Unfortunately, about 75 percent of her body was covered in severe burns which resulted in dozens of grueling skin-grafting surgeries. On top of all of that, she also lost her right hand and left foot. Safyre is a tough little cookie, and through all of her hardships, she somehow remains happy and hopeful. "She lost everything...but she wakes up every morning with a smile on her face," comments Liz Terry-Dolder, Safyre's aunt who is now her legal guardian.

Safyre's aunt Liz created a Facebook page, Safyre Schenectady's Super Survivor, which currently has over 66,000 likes. Safyre owns a Christmas card holder, nearly the size of herself (pictured above), and she desires nothing more than for people around the globe to send her cards this Christmas in order to fill up the holder and spread the holiday cheer. Your thoughtful contribution of sending a card is quick, easy, and would mean the world to little Safyre, who has been through tremendous tragedy.

Would you like to be a part of the magic?

Cards can be sent to:

Safyre Terry, P.O. Box 6126, Schenectady, NY 12306.

You could also help the Terry family by contributing to the HELP Fatal Arson Survivor Safyre Terry and Family fund. The fund is fairly new, but has already raised an incredible sum of $161,000 in order to support Safyre with her numerous surgeries and therapies needed for her recovery.

So, dust off your colored pencils, sparkly gel pens and crayons. Save up a few extra bucks. Help the Terry family and make Safyre's Christmas wish come true, either by sending her a colorful card or donating to the fund. Every contribution counts.

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