Lady Gaga Donates $1 Million to American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Celebrity News Nov. 7, 2012 AT 8:00PM
Lady Gaga on May 16, 2012. Lady Gaga on May 16, 2012. Credit: SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images

Lady Gaga gave a big gift to New York!

The 26-year-old singer made a huge donation to the American Red Cross Wednesday to help with the relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy. 

"A letter and a gift to New York and the American Red Cross," Gaga tweeted Wednesday with a link to her Little Monsters website.

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"Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief," she wrote in the heartfelt letter. "If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today."

"New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion," Gaga added. "Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas."

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Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) grew up in Manhattan's Upper West Side. In an interview with radio host Elvis Duran in September, she blamed her recent weight gain on dad Joe Germanotta's restaurant.

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"I love eating pasta and pizza," Gaga said. "I'm a New York Italian girl. That's why I have been staying out of New York. My father opened a restaurant. It's so amazing . . . it's so freaking delicious, but I'm telling you I gain five pounds every time I go in there."

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