This Christmas, Katy Perry lifted the spirits of eight-year-old burn victim Safyre Terry with a sweet, handwritten Christmas card and care package after the young fan made it clear that her only wish this Christmas was to collect Christmas cards in a viral Facebook post created by Terry’s aunt, Liz Dolder.
Shortly after Dolder’s post hit the internet, Terry started receiving hundreds of Christmas cards from celebrities and public figures worldwide with words of prayer and hope.
“Safyre – I heard about your Christmas wish and am so honored that you saved the top of the tree for me!” wrote Grammy-nominated singer Katy Perry. “I hope you have a great New Year. I’ll be thinking of you on Christmas Day, special girl.”
In addition to Perry’s heartfelt message she also enclosed her “Prismatic World Tour Live” DVD, a hoodie, a light-up iPhone 6 case, a copy of her documentary “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” and a purse shaped like a black cat.
According to NY Daily News, Terry had so many cards to thumb through – including a handwritten message from President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama – that she didn’t even see Perry’s message until the day after Christmas.
“You sound like such a brave girl and you have inspired so many people around the world, including Barak and me,” wrote the First Lady. “With your kind heart and courageous spirit, we know there is no limit to what you can achieve in your life.”
According to US Weekly, Terry received more than 500,000 cards and 10,000 packages total.
“It’s magical,” Dolder told the NY Daily News earlier this month. “You always hear about those horrible things happening. And for this to happen – it restores your faith in humanity.”
“I’m crying buckets, because when you’ve seen the ugly in the world, and then you see the world come together for her, it’s just more than words can say. I’m so moved,” Dolder told the Independent.
On an early morning in May 2013, Safyre suffered beneath the body of her dead father shortly after an arsonist set fire to the family’s apartment stairwell. When fire fighters pulled Safyre’s father from the ashes she was cradled in his arms, scared and alive.
She was only five-years-old at the time of this tragic event that left her completely alone. The fire took the lives of her father, younger sister, and two brothers.
Today, Terry is eight years old and safe in the care of her legal guardian and aunt, Liz Dolder.
Safyre Terry’s story not only touched the hearts of numerous celebrities, but also the hearts of caring and giving children, students, business owners, teachers and families all over the world.
prayers for Safyre Terry
To send a belated card to Terry, greetings can still be mailed to P.O. Box 6126, Schenectady, N.Y. 12306.
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