A photo of Safyre and the card tree was shared online, though, and Dolder’s friends helped out. That’s essentially how the request for Christmas cards grew. And grew. And grew.
“Safyre had the honor of getting a card from the President, First Lady and family,” read an update on the Safyre Schenectady’s Super Survivor Facebook page, which was posted this week. “THANK YOU Mr. President and First Lady.”
You might have already heard about Safyre this holiday season. The card campaign, which we’ve written about, spread quickly online, and cards poured in from around the world.
“Even with all the volunteers, we haven’t even brushed the surface,” Dolder told AP.
When Safyre was just 5, an arsonist set fire to her family’s apartment stairwell. Safyre survived, but her foot and hand were eventually amputated, and she lost skin on her face.
In addition to the holiday cards, Safyre has received a 3-D printed hand from students at the University at Albany, who spent months working on the project, according to another Facebook update.
“You should have seen her face when they presented her with the first generation 3D printed hand,” it read. “Priceless.”
According to the Associated Press, Safyre will be passing along some of what she has gotten. AP reports:
Over the holidays, Safyre and some of the volunteers who have been helping her since the devastating fire two years ago plan to visit shelters in the Albany area to distribute some of the gifts Safyre has received, as well as some new ones to children who are homeless or victims of domestic violence, said Liz Dolder, the girl’s aunt. She said they’ll also take gifts to Boston’s Shriners Hospital, where Safyre receives ongoing treatment.
“We want other children to feel the joy that Safyre feels,” Dolder told the news agency.
You can send cards to:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306