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Burned child's Christmas card wish

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At a time of year when children often ask for over the top toys and expensive electronics, this child had only one wish -- Christmas cards.

"We have lots of cards at home," Sa'Fyre said.

But Sa'Fyre Terry wanted enough cards to fill the entire card tree her aunt Liz Dolder, a woman she now calls mama, bought at a thrift store.

It's been a rough few years for the family. Sa'Fyre was the only survivor of a suspected arson that killed her father, sister and two brothers in Schenectady two and a half years ago. The now 8-year-old suffered burns to three-quarters of her body.

Wednesday, this sweet little survivor was anxious to get to the post office to see if there was anything in her PO Box yet. You see, her wish had been shared around the world on Facebook.

Asked how many cards she thought there would be, she told NewsChannel 13's Jessica Layton "20."

Then something magical happened. The postmaster rolled out an entire mail bin overflowing with cards and packages. Sa'Fyre was stunned.

Dolder, who's been caring for Sa'Fyre since she got out of the hospital, was in tears.

"It's indescribable, so many people in the world that are coming together for her to give her her wish, her wish," Dolder said.

After a friend posted the initial request for cards on Facebook, the tiny PO Box filled up immediately. The Post Office is going to need more than a few large mail bins to keep up with all the cards for Sa'Fyre over the next few weeks.

"She received over 100 letters today and many packages and we're anticipating thousands more," said Schenectady Post Master John Reilly.

After so much pain this little girl finally gets to feel how all kids should feel -- happy. It's all thanks to the kindness of strangers -- and the comfort of their cards.

"We have to share her with the world. She's a living message of hope, faith and love," Dolder said.

The cards have come from mostly the Northeast, but there are a few from around the country including California. Some e-cards have even arrived from other countries.

Wednesday night Shutterfly said it would allow customers to create a card for Sa'Fyre for free. The customer still needs to pay for shipping and tax. Use the code CARD4SAFYRE.

There's still plenty of time to send a card before Christmas. You can send Sa'Fyre a card or package at P.O. Box 6126  Schenectady, NY  12306.

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