With Christmas only two weeks away, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the chaos of it all. But as much as the holidays are about gifting your family and besties some super sweet presents, it’s also about making an effort to help those less fortunate have a memorable and magical season. This year, we vote you take a little bit of time to send 8-year-old Safyre a Christmas card.
Two years ago, Safyre survived a horrific house fire that killed her entire family including her dad and her three siblings. Safyre managed to survive only because her father cradled her in his arms, shielding her from breathing in hot air. Safyre suffered from burns on 75% percent of her body and has had to undergo over 50 surgeries.
Today, Safyre resides with her aunt Liz and her family. When Liz recently brought home a metal Christmas card holder from a thrift store, Safyre told her that she couldn’t wait to fill it up with cards. According to Buzzfeed, Liz had to tell Safyre, “Honey, that’s probably not gonna happen. We maybe get 10 cards a year, and the card tree holds 100.” But feeling hopeful, Liz decided to post a photo of Safyre next to the tree asking her community to help make Safyre’s wish come true. When their family friend Kevin Clark saw it he asked if he could share it on his Facebook. Clark’s post now has over 33K shares and 44K comments.
Yesterday Liz posted another photo of Safyre on a Facebook account she runs for her alongside the caption, “I really think I am dehydrated from crying so much… This is absolutely amazing, it takes my breath away. We, my family and I have been through so much darkness of this world. Then to see the most powerful BEAUTY of the world. The world coming together to make Safyre’s wish come true is unfathomable.”
You can bet that Safyre is receiving more letters than Santa by now, but that shouldn’t stop you from sending her one more. So, grab your pens, people. Safyre’s address is P.O. Box 6126 Schenectady, NY 12306.
P.S. If you’d like to go the extra mile, you can also donate to her You Caring campaign here, which is raising funds to help pay for Safyre’s medical bills.
Share the handmade card you’re sending to Safyre with us on Instagram @britandco!