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Girl Who Lost Family in Fire Receives 1 Million Christmas Cards

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An 8-year-old New York girl has received more than a million Christmas cards after her aunt’s Facebook post went viral.

Safyre Terry was badly burned in an arson attack that took the lives of her father, sister and two brothers in 2013. Her aunt Liz Dodler posted of Facebook in early December asking if anyone wanted to send Safyre cards—and her request caught on.

The Associated Press reports that Safyre has received more than a million Christmas cards from well wishers—including the Obamas. “Safyre had the honor of getting a card from the President, First Lady and family,” Dodler wrote in an update on the Safyre Schenectady’s Super Survivor Facebook page. “THANK YOU Mr. President and First Lady.”

In the Christmas spirit, the family has decided to donate some of the cards, dolls and art supplies that Safyre has received to those in need throughout the Albany, N.Y. area and to a Boston hospital where Safyre receives treatment.

Safyre will be keeping at least one present though—a 3-D printed hand, which the Washington Post reports students spent months creating for her.

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