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Greetings folk help Safyre

Filling card tree for badly-burned eight-year-old leads to fund-raising

A BRITISH online card publishers have joined with award-winning designer Soula Zavacopoulos and the Greeting Card Association to help badly-burned eight-year-old Safyre Terry, who lost her family in a New York arson attack.

Soula, who runs The London Studio and is the brains behind The Wisdom Of Kids brand, read in the Mirror Online about Safyre’s Christmas wish to receive as many festive greetings as possible.
She contacted Thortful, an online greetings company who had recently begun selling some of her designs and, as well as sending cards to the youngster, they hve pledged all money from cards bought on their app to help pay for Safyre’s next operation on January.
In 2013 Safyre survived the arson attack that destroyed her home in Schenectady, New York, in which her three younger siblings died along with her father who shielded her with his body.
She suffered burns to 75 per cent of her body, lost her right hand and left foot and has so far undergone more than 50 operations with the next one to ease the scar tissue around her mouth due in the new year.
Liz Dodler, the aunt who now cares for her, gave Safyre a cardholder tree (pictured) then put a request on Facebook because they don’t usually receive many Christmas cards.
Soula told the Mirror: “I was so touched by Safyre’s story. I contacted the UK GCA and was thrilled their members immediately jumped on board and began to send cards to Safyre.
“I contacted Safyre’s family to let them know her Christmas wish will come true and realised that, as well as the cards, they also really needed financial help for her care.
“Thortful have gone one step further and pledged to donate all the money from any cards bought between now and December 21 to the fund set up for Safyre’s care – they’ve been amazing!”
Thortful CEO Andy Pearce said: "When we came across the story our first instinct was to send her 1,000 cards personally written by our customers.
"Then some bright spark thought it might be a better idea if our community could send cards to say they were thinking of loved ones this holiday season, whilst benefiting the fund set up to help Safyre.”
Between now and Monday, the last guaranteed delivery date within the UK before Christmas, Thortful are inviting people to download the app from the App and Google Play stores and send a card to a loved one across the UK.
The entire cost of the card will be donated to Safyre’s fund to go towards her remaining hospital treatment and help her aunt and uncle care for her.
Since her appeal was launched last week, little Safyre has been showered with cards from around the world with UK Greetings’ parent company American Greetings sending one card for each person who enters their name on their website – in just two days more than 12,700 people signed up.


Images from www.mirror.co.uk and www.cleveland.com


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