Taylor Swift Donates $500,000 to Nashville Flood Victims
"Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly," Swift, 20, told The Associated Press. "Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love. I have always been proud to be a Nashvillian, but especially now, seeing the love that runs through this city when there are people in crisis."
Last weekend, heavy rain storms caused flash flooding in the South. Nashville's Cumberland River crested over 51 feet, and killed 18 people in Tennessee alone. Taylor's donation will be spread across several flood relief organizations. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean estimates the damage could cost $1 billion, reports CBS News.
This isn't the first time Taylor's opened up her checkbook for a good cause. On her own birthday, the 20-year-old star donated $250,000 to schools she either attended or worked with so that they could increase teachers' salaries, buy books and fund other educational needs. %Poll-46047%