On December 13, 2015, I wrote about Safyre Terry, an eight-year-old girl, the sole survivor of an arson attack on her family home. Badly burned, having lost a hand and a foot and undergone more than 50 surgeries with many more to come, she wanted nothing more than Christmas cards. I did my part in publicizing her simple and touching desire, and countless American demonstrated their inherent goodness. My students were glad to write cards. The few I read before mailing brought me to tears.
We–and you, gentle readers–weren’t the only people that took a little time to make a little girl’s Christmas merry indeed. From Fox News:
The 8-year-old burn victim who made headlines with her request for Christmas cards was surprised Monday with a trip to Disney World.
Safyre Terry, of Rotterdam, New York, received the surprise at home, where she lives with her aunt and uncle after her father and three younger siblings died in the 2013 fire.
The nonprofit Baking Memories 4 Kids is providing the trip, according to Fox 5 NY. The group pays for weeklong, all-expenses-paid trips for children with life-threatening and terminal illness, along with their families. [skip]
In February, Safyre, her aunt, uncle and cousins will spend a week in Florida. She’s most looking forward to seeing one particular person.
‘Cinderella!’ she told WNYT.
Truly, showing kindness to others is its own reward.