She encourages others to help.
Swift is donating $1 million to flood relief in Louisiana. She told the Associated Press how welcoming residents were when she performed in the state last year:
We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home. The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking.
Over the weekend, devastating floods caused Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency. At least 11 people have died, while 30,000 have been rescued. 60,000 people have reportedly registered for FEMA assistance and 10,000 people were in shelters as of Sunday.
Twenty parishes are now included in a federal disaster declaration. In Livingston Parish, an estimated 75 percent of homes were damaged. Sheriff Jason Ard said, “We’ve been through Hurricane Gustav, Katrina, Isaac, and Rita, but this without a doubt is the roughest we’ve ever had in this parish.”
Swift’s generous donation sets an example for others to do their part.
“I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time,” Swift told AP.
Over the years, Swift has made a habit of donating her money, time, and kindness to give back to her fans, and support causes that matter to her. Earlier this year, the singer donated $250,000 to Kesha during her legal battle against her producer and alleged rapist Dr. Luke. Swift also performed at her fans’ wedding in June.
While most of us probably don’t have $1 million to spare, there are still ways to help those affected by the devastation in Louisiana. CNN lists a number of charities providing assistance to flood victims, including the Salvation Army. You can also text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Additionally, there is a Safe and Well form residents can fill out to let loved ones know they are safe.