Taylor Swift Donates $1 Million To Tennessee Tornado Relief

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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.

First responders clean up tornado damage in Tennessee
Clarksville Fire-Rescue via WKRN News 2

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.

How You Can Make A Donation To Help The Tornado Victims Too

Taylor Swift started out as a country artist and attended high school in Tennessee. She still maintains a residence and office in the state.

According 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.

Taylor Swift donated $1 million to help with tornado relief efforts in Tennessee
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If you’d like to learn more about how to help the tornado victims, we shared a list here. The list includes information on blood drives, how to volunteer, and where to send monetary donations.

You can also make a donation to the Community Foundation of Tennessee, like Swift, by clicking here.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Tennessee…

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