Taylor Swift Donates $1 Million To Tennessee Emergency Response Fund Following Devastating Tornadoes
Former country music artist turned global pop star, Taylor Swift, donated $1 million to assist with tornado relief efforts in Tennessee.
On Saturday (December 9) a tornado-producing severe weather system tore through the middle of the state.
The Tennessean refers to The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, which confirmed in “preliminary reporting” there were 13 tornadoes across the state.
Six people lost their lives. Officials in the city of Clarksville report an additional 62 people were hospitalized.
Nashville mayor Freddie O’Connell said 22 structures collapsed after storms ripped through the area. Governor Bill Lee declared a Level 3 state of emergency, considered to be a “serious emergency or minor disaster.”
Cleanup efforts are currently underway, and Tennesseans have come together to help each other in the aftermath of the tornadoes.
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Taylor Swift started out as a country artist and attended high school in Tennessee. She still maintains a residence and office in the state.
ccording to a December 11 report from USA Today, Swift donated $1 million to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to help with tornado relief efforts.
Swift, who was recently named TIME’s Person of the Year, did not share a statement about the donation herself.
But Hal Cato, the CEO of the Community Foundation, confirmed with USA Today that Swift made the donation. Cato said her donation will help “support the immediate and long-term recovery needs.”