There are a few things everyone knows about Taylor Swift: she loves cats, the number 13 and her fans. Especially her fans.
Over Taylor Swift’s lengthy career, we’ve seen Swifties share the gifts they’ve received from the musician.
The past couple days have been beyond our wildest dreams, but today was a fairytale. I’m not sure I can fully capture what we just experienced, but I’ll do my best.— Hugh Weber (@hughweber) May 13, 2020
…ready for it?#sincerelyemerson pic.twitter.com/CdFbGsN7oO
These gifts are all personalized — with Swift taking note of her fans’ interests via their social media accounts — and include a thoughtful, handwritten note.
We’ve also seen Swift use her privileged position to give back many times over.
In 2011, she donated $70,000 in books to her hometown library. In 2015, proceeds from her single “Welcome to New York” went to NYC schools. In 2018, she donated $10,000 so a boy with autism could get a service dog. In 2019, she helped a fan with cancer cover their medical bills. In 20… OK, you get the point.
Swift’s most recent random act of kindness involves two mothers who were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sometimes stories move us toward action, connecting us to strangers. After reading @ByHeatherLong's article about a Nashville mother behind in rent during the pandemic, @TaylorSwift13 donated to the mother's online fundraiser with a kind note. pic.twitter.com/OJerQ4qKfm— WashPostLife (@WashPostLife) December 9, 2020
Nikki Cornwell of Nashville and Shelbie Selewski of Michigan were recently featured in The Washington Post. Swift just so happened to read their article and wanted to act. She donated $13,000 (notice the 13?) to both women.
The fundraising pages allow donors to add a note, and Swift left heartfelt messages for both women:
“Nikki, I read about you in the Washington Post and thought it was really brave of you to share your story,” she wrote. “I’m so sorry for everything you’ve had to go through this year and wanted to send you this gift, from one Nashville girl to another.”
In Selewski’s donation, Swift wrote:
“No one should have to feel the kind of stress that’s been put on you,” the note reads. “I hope you and your beautiful family have a great holiday season.”
Cornwell and Selewski have been unable to work due to COVID-19. Cornwell — whose family fell ill with COVID-19 — has not been able to find a job since the spring, likewise with Selewski, who also has to stay home with a sick infant.
With Swift’s donation, Cornwell exceeded her goal and Selewski is currently less than $3,000 away from reaching hers.
“Thank you a million times everyone if you all only knew how I feel I can’t began to describe im so grateful and im so shocked I still can’t believe it’s a dream come true big hugs and sending love to everyone thank you!!!” Cornwell wrote in a message posted yesterday.
On Dec. 8, Selewski wrote on her page: “With every notification I swear I cannot believe this has happened!!! This is so amazing! This has been the biggest blessing and our family is absolutely shocked.”
Keep being you, TayTay.