The pop megastar made a $1 million donation to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was confirmed by Hal Cato, the CEO of the community foundation and first reported by reported by USA Today.
The organization operates a fund that supports nonprofits providing vital services in all phases of a disaster, including immediate relief, short-term recovery, and long-term recovery.
Over the weekend, a couple of severe tornadoes tore through Middle Tennessee with Clarksville being hit with an EF3, and Madison being hit with an EF2 size storm.
They both caused widespread damage and devastation, and according to the National Weather Service, the greater Nashville region experienced an estimated 13 tornadoes in total on Saturday evening.
“Officials said six people died Saturday night in Clarksville and Madison and 83 people were reportedly transported to area hospitals — 62 from Clarksville and 21 in the Nashville area.
Nine of those hospitalized were transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and were in critical, unstable condition on Sunday.”
Swift’s generous donation will certainly help so many in the greater Nashville area as recovery efforts are ongoing, and there is widespread damage that will take some months, and years, to fully recover from.
The area is close to Swift’s heart, as she attended Hendersonville High School in Sumner County (and got her start in country music), which is one of several counties that was hit hard by the storms.
Swift still has a home and office in Music City, and previously donated $1 million to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund in March of 2020 after deadly tornadoes ripped through Nashville several years ago.
Notably, Swift was recently named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, and continues to sell out stadiums across the globe on her record-breaking Era’s Tour: