Taylor Swift Donates $500K to Nashville Flood Victims

Celebrity News May. 7, 2010 AT 9:00AM
Taylor Swift Donates $500K to Nashville Flood Victims Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Taylor Swift -- who moved to Nashville when she was 14 -- is donating $500,000 to flood relief in the southern city.

"Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly," Swift, 20, told The Associated Press in an e-mail. "Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love. I have always been proud to be a Nashvillian, but especially now, seeing the love that runs through this city when there are people in crisis."

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Floors have killed 30 in three states, including 20 in Tennessee. Swift's money will go to various relief organizations (cleanup and repair is expected to cost more than $1 billion).

A telethon -- featuring Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Rodney Atkins -- is slated for May 16. Pop singer Kei$ha, who hails from Nashville, also announced plans for a benefit concert.

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