Country songstress turned pop superstar Taylor Swift is stepping up to help those in need after tornados ravaged parts of Middle Tennessee on Tuesday (March 3), leaving more than two dozen people dead and hundreds more hospitalized and/or homeless.
“Nashville is my home,” Swift wrote on her Instagram story on Thursday (March 5). “And the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me.”
Though Swift did not disclose the amount she donated on social media, her publicist told The Tennessean that she donated $1 million to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.
The 10-time Grammy winner encouraged her followers to donate to the cause as well by sharing a link to the fund on Instagram.
Since her rise to fame, Swift has become known for her extensive charitable efforts. In 2010, she donated $500,000 to assist with relief efforts following the devastating flood and two years later, she pledged $4 million to fund an education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. These are just a few examples of donations made by Swift, as many go under the radar. For example, she once donated $10,000 for a young boy with autism to get a service dog and one year, she gave $50,000 in song proceeds to New York City schools.
Taylor Swift may no longer be a country music artist, but she has never forgotten where she came from.