Taylor Swift is known for taking an interest in her loyal fans – known as Swifties – and over the years, there have been many instances of fans sharing posts of gifts that they’ve received from the singer. They’re not just random gifts either, she makes a point of personalizing them to her fans’ interests. She also includes handwritten notes.
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.
…ready for it?#sincerelyemerson pic.twitter.com/CdFbGsN7oO
— Hugh Weber (@hughweber) May 13, 2020
That is very sweet of Swift. But it’s not infrequent either. She seems to be rather active when it comes to random acts of kindness. Back in 2011, she donated $70,000 worth of books to her hometown’s library. Then in 2015, she gave profits from her “Welcome to New York” single to schools in NYC. Then in 2018, she gave a boy with autism $10,000 in order to get a service dog, and in 2019 she covered the medical expenses of a fan who had cancer. But her latest charitable act was to help two moms who were deeply affected by the coronavirus 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
Both Nikki Cornwell and Shelbie Selewski, who are from Tennessee and Michigan respectively, were featured in an article in The Washington Post. They shared their stories and it turned out that both were unable to get to work because of the pandemic. Cornwell, who also had family get sick with coronavirus, had been out of work since spring, while Selewski had to stay home and care for a sick infant. Many people had read the story in the newspaper, including Swift herself. Swift ended up donating $13,000 to both of their fundraising pages. And like typical Swift, she included a personalized note to both of them.
To Cornwell she wrote, “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.”
For Selewski, she said, “No one should have to feel the kind of stress that’s been put on you. I hope you and your beautiful family have a great holiday season.”
The donations were quite the boost for both women. With Swift’s help, Cornwell was able to surpass her goal. Meanwhile, the donation put Selewski much closer to her goal – she’s now less than $3,000 away. Naturally, both women were floored by the kindness.
Cornwell posted a message of thanks to Swift and everyone who donated, stating that she “can’t began to describe” her gratitude. She is still overwhelmed and feeling ever so thankful. And Selewski is rather the same, noting that she can’t believe what happened and called it “the biggest blessing.”
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