Some of pop’s biggest icons are donating to those in need.
Louisiana is in a state of emergency after torrential rains caused massive flooding and left 11 people dead, 30,000 rescued and some 40,000 homes damaged in what officials are saying is “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy.”
Taylor Swift is lending a hand. The Associated Press reports Forbes’ highest-earning celebrity donated $1 million to Louisiana flood relief. Swift told the outlet on Tuesday that Louisiana residents welcomed her with open arms when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her “1989 World Tour” in the state 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.”
She added: “I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time,” Swift said.
Lady Gaga will also aid in efforts to help the Bayou state. She Tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers to all of our loved ones in Louisiana suffering through the flood. My family & I are donating to relief efforts.”
My thoughts and prayers to all of our loved ones in Louisiana suffering through the flood. My family & I are donating to relief efforts.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 17, 2016
Britney Spears, a Louisiana native, offered a prayer. “Praying for my family and friends back home in Louisiana,” she wrote.
Katy Perry also announced a major donation in collaboration with Staples. They funded the balance of every single project listed on DonorsChoose.org in Boston and the Metrowest area. The organization allows educators to fund projects and bring their classroom dreams to life.
“It’s a huge shock to find out people want to support you and your students. It’s a wonderful, joyful way to start the school year,” Boston Public Schools speech therapist Tom Shull said.
Boston’s Fox news website reports the donation totaled $437,624 and helped 255 teachers and more than 27,000 students across 96 schools.