Taylor Swift has donated $1 million to help Tennessee citizens affected by the tragic storms that struck the state this weekend.
Tornadoes ripped over central Tennessee on Saturday, killing six people and injuring hundreds more. The powerful storms caused extensive damage to homes and businesses across the state, including Nashville, and left thousands without electricity.
The massive donation was made to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, according to Hal Cato, CEO of the organization, in a statement to CBS News.
Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, but relocated to Hendersonville, a Nashville suburb, as a teenager to pursue a career in country music.
“The Swifts found their original Tennessee home nearly 20 years ago in Hendersonville and Sumner County, one of the areas hardest hit by this tornado,” Cato said in a statement. “Taylor’s generosity has shed new light on the devastation as well as the critical need for assistance.” It has also sent a strong message to every survivor that she is profoundly concerned about their recovery.”
According to the organization, donations to the fund help give short-term aid such as cash assistance to storm survivors, as well as food, temporary lodging, and debris cleanup. Any residual funds are directed toward long-term recovery requirements such as counseling, FEMA registration assistance, and home reconstruction.
Swift became a millionaire in October, according to Bloomberg. It followed the release of a re-recording of her “1989” album, as well as the success of the concert film of her Eras Tour, which, according to Pollstar, is the first tour ever to gross $1 billion.