This Princess Is Going to Disney World

Safyre Terry, 8, captured the world's heart after her plea for Christmas cards
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2015 8:23 AM CST
This Princess Is Going to Disney World
Safyre Terry, 8, opens a gift Wednesday at a post office near her home in Rotterdam, NY.   (AP Photo/Mary Esch)

The story of Safyre Terry, an 8-year-old who lost her entire family in an arson fire more than two years ago, touched the world. After the little girl's request for Christmas cards went viral—more than 300,000 letters have flooded her mailbox since—she got another surprise Monday: a visit from the founder of a nonprofit that will be sending her and her relatives to Disney World in February, reports. Baking Memories 4 Kids will be sending Safyre and her aunt, uncle, and four cousins to Florida, per ABC News, and founder Frank Squeo tells that presenting the New York girl with the news was "absolutely amazing."

"There are no words to describe how many people were there supporting the family, or how beautiful Safyre was," he says. "She gave me the biggest hug." As for those cards, ABC News notes that 195,000 of them came in a single day, and delivering them required two 2-ton mail trucks and a cargo truck. "We got the most mail we’ve ever gotten for a single person in Schenectady," says the local post master. A YouCaring page set up for the family has also amassed more than $342,000 to date; Safyre suffered burns on 75% of her body and lost her right hand and left foot. has this detail: "Her father died cradling Safyre in his arms, which protected her from breathing in hot air and allowed her to survive." (Read how a Mississippi firefighter got another man's face after being burned in a horrific house fire.)

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