Whatever is your faith or belief, the spirit of giving is not contrived; it is a genuine thing cemented in our common human psyche. Commercialism may seek to take advantage and profit from that spirit but with no commerce there is no economy.
The spirit of Christmas transcends the spirituality of those who celebrate it in faith and belief.
Some Christmas Life Café, then, with a story of the positivity of hope, of always looking at the glass half-full, for to downsize expectations is to surrender to despair.
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Firefighters found Sa'fyre next to her father, who used his body to shield her from the flames. It took Sa'fyre 10 months to recover from the fire in the hospital. Dolder credits Sa'fyre with helping her get over the death of her 18-year-old daughter, who died three years before the fire.Christmas has 'taken a life of it's own'.
“She’s a living message to people that there’s hope, and no matter what you can get through anything,” Dolder said. “That’s why we share Sa'fyre with everyone.”
“She helped me move forward,” Dolder added. “I will never be able to repay her.”
The magic of Christmas is the ability to spread cheer and joy despite the hardships one faces, and that’s the message one determined little girl is spreading this holiday season with a simple wish.
Sa'fyre Terry had lived in and out of foster homes when an arson fire killed her father and three siblings on May 2, 2013, in Schnectady, New York. She was 5 years old at the time. The blaze burned 75 percent of her body and eventually claimed her right arm and left foot. Now 8 years old, she said the only gift she wants this Christmas is cards from all over the world, her aunt, Liz Dolder, told ABC News today.
Dolder brought home a gold metal Christmas tree stand from a Goodwill store in Schnectady for $4 and Sa'fyre told her that she “couldn’t wait” to fill it with Christmas cards. That’s when Dolder, who has custody of Sa'fyre, posted a message to Facebook requesting for cards to be sent to a local post office.
“When the first card came in, it was like she won the lottery,” Dolder said. But she didn’t want Sa'fyre to get her hopes up, so she told her they would probably get “a few” more. Instead, dozens more came.
“This thing has taken a life of it’s own,” she said.
If you would like to send a Christmas card to Sa'fyre, address your card to:
P.O. Box 6126
If this season is about anything, it is the celebration of light and love and life. It is about the light love brings and the love of life.
That is not to say that death may and death does intrude at any time, in all seasons, to take loved ones from us, but that must only serve to strengthen our resolve that life is indeed precious and Living Matters.
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