Taylor Swift Donates $1 Million to Tennessee Emergency Response Fund After Devastating Tornadoes
In the aftermath of the destructive tornadoes that swept through various Tennessee counties on Saturday, Taylor Swift has stepped up with a generous donation of $1 million to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Hal Cato, CEO of the community foundation, has officially confirmed Swift’s significant contribution. The organization manages a fund dedicated to supporting nonprofits that provide essential services in all stages of a disaster: immediate relief, short-term recovery, and long-term recovery. Those interested in contributing can visit www.cfmt.org.
The impact of the tornadoes has been severe, with multiple reported deaths, over 50 people injured, structural damage to buildings, and power outages affecting residents in the area, as reported by CNN.
“This is devastating news and our hearts are broken for the families of those who lost loved ones,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said in a statement shared on Facebook. “The City stands ready to help them in their time of grief.”
Swift also donated $1 million to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund in March 2020 after deadly tornadoes once again ravaged the state that the Pennsylvania native considers home.
“Nashville is my home and the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me,” the “Lover” singer said on her Instagram Story at the time.
She also included a link to the donation site for others who were interested in following suit.
During a two-night stop for performances at Detroit’s Ford Field in June, the “Blank Space” artist donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
After sharing Swift’s message, “No matter what happens in life, be good to people,” the food bank added one of their own.
“These words ring true today with Taylor’s surprise donation to Gleaners during her #TSTheErasTour stop in #Detroit,” the social media post continued. “Thank you for making an impact & empowering kids and families with nutritious food!”
“Taylor Swift’s support of food banks across the country comes at such a critical time for so many emergency food providers — when resources are down, and need is up,” Kristin Sokul, a representative for Gleaners, told the Detroit Free Press at the time.