Taylor Swift donating $1 million (R14 million) to Louisiana flood relief


The Shake It Off star has a history of lending her financial support to those in need, and revealed on Tuesday that she is hoping her contribution will help following the devastating floods in the state that have, to date, claimed the lives of 11 people.

Taylor added in a statement that she feels a connection to Louisiana after starting the U.S. leg of her 1989 World Tour there last year.

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

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The flooding has been caused by torrential rain in the state and has damaged 40,000 homes. According to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' office, over 60,000 people have applied for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Taylor continued her statement by adding: "I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time."

In December, 2015 Taylor was named the most charitable celebrity for the fourth consecutive year as she topped Dosomething.org's annual Celebs Gone Good list.

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Among her most notable donations was when the 26-year-old donated $50,000 (R68 000) in July, 2015 to 11-year-old fan Naomi whose battle against Acute Myeloid Leukemia prevented her from attending Taylor's concert.

"To the beautiful and brave Naomi, I'm sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more concerts," Taylor wrote in a sweet message to her young fan. "Let's focus on getting you feeling better. I'm sending the biggest hugs to you and your family."

Taylor's other donations include $50,000 (R68 000) to her back-up dancer's nephew, who is fighting cancer, and a further $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.

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