8-Year-Old Girl Burned in Arson Fire Gets Christmas Card From the White House
Out of the hundreds of thousands of Christmas cards sent to 8-year-old Safyre Terry this year, there's one that stands out as the most official.
Safyre, who survived horrific burns following a house fire that claimed the lives of her brother, sister and two brothers in 2013, just wanted greeting cards for Christmas this year.
After her story when viral, over 300,000 greeting cards were sent to Safyre's Schenectady, New York home--among them, it was revealed this week, was a card from the Obamas.
"Safyre had the honor of getting a card from the President, First Lady and family," read a message on a Facebook page dedicated to Safyre. "THANK YOU Mr. President and First Lady."
The message was accompanied by several photos of Safyre holding up the card and accompanying photos of the Obamas and their dogs, Bo and Sunny.
First lady Michelle Obama also included a personal message:
“You sound like such a brave girl and you have inspired so many people around the world, including Barack and me,” the first lady said. “With your kind heart and courageous spirit, we know there is no limit to what you can achieve in your life.”
The eight-year-old was horribly burned in a deliberately set house fire that claimed the lives of her father, her younger sister and her two toddler brothers in 2013.
So her aunt and legal guardian, Liz Dolder, put out a request on Facebook a few days ago. She didn’t expect much of a response.
They were very wrong. As of last week, Safyre had received more than 300,000 pieces of mail, Dolder told ABC News. And the letters have only kept coming.
According to the New York Daily News, a White House staffer reached out to the family a few days ago.
Safyre, who has undergone a series of grueling graft surgeries, eventually lost a foot and a hand. Her body and appearance have been greatly impacted, but her young and tender heart remains unblemished and has been amazed by the response, her aunt said.
"She’s a humble little girl," her aunt said. "She really is."