Taylor Swift Donates $1 Million To Louisiana Flood Relief

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Massive flooding and significant rains in Louisiana has already killed 11 people and left thousands without their homes. In an effort to help, Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to the flood relief program.

Swift said Tuesday that the people of Louisiana welcomed her with open arms when she started the U.S. leg of her “1989 World Tour” last year.

“We began the 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home,” she said. “The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking.”

The situation has worsened this week as authorities declared disasters in 20 parishes within the state on Tuesday. At least 40,000 homes have been damaged and upwards of 60,000 people have registered for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office.

“I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time,” Swift said.

Since Friday, more than 30,000 people have been rescued.

This isn’t the first time Swift has made a significant contribution to helping others.

In 2014, the 26-year-old star donated $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help bring in therapy tools for children battling cancer. In 2015 Swift gave $50,000 to a young fan struggling with leukemia and another $50,000 to her backup dancer’s baby nephew who is also fighting cancer.