A New York woman has been charged after stealing money from an eight-year-old girl who lost her father, three siblings, an arm and a foot in a suspected arson attack, after the woman, one of many volunteers, opened Christmas cards meant for the girl. She stole cash and gift cards they contained, sent to the girl from well-wishers all over the world.
41-year-old Kimberly Bradford was one of hundreds of volunteers who were helping open the many Christmas cards sent last year to Safyre Terry, the sole survivor of a 2013 house fire.
Police said they found $800 in cash and $500 in gift cards inside Bradford’s home “that she didn’t have the right to have.”
She was one of a few of the volunteers who were suspected of stealing the young girl’s Christmas gifts.
Safyre’s family said over one million cards were sent to her after her wish for Christmas greetings went viral in December, including one sent by Barack and Michelle Obama.
There were so many cards, in fact, that Safyre’s family had to rent a warehouse to sort out all of the mail.
On January 25th, volunteers told police of their suspicions that some of the volunteers were stealing from the cards.
During her time sorting out mail at the warehouse, Bradford had been interviewed by a local TV station.
“It restored my faith in humanity in such a terrible time in the world with everything thatâ€™s going on, just to see the outpouring of love from around the world for one little girl.” That was just 15 days before she was busted.
David Terry, Safyre’s father, and her three younger siblings died in the May 2, 2013 fire that destroyed their New York home.
The fire is under a federal investigation and police have posted a $40,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of those responsible.
Bradford posted $5,000 bail after her arraignment Thursday night.