Taylor Swift Donates $50,000 to Baton Rouge Food Bank for Devastating Louisiana Flood
By Antoinette Bueno
Taylor Swift has started donating the $1 million she's pledged to give Louisiana, to help the state recover from a catastrophic flood that's killed at least 13 people and has affected thousands more.
The 26-year-old singer donated $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on Thursday, and the nonprofit organization thanked her on Instagram.
"Today @taylorswift donated $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank! The #laflood destroyed our warehouse but we are going to shake it off!" the caption read, alongside a picture of staff holding up a "Thanks Taylor!" sign.
Last week, Swift told ET in a statement that she's donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief, recalling how welcoming her fans were when she visited the state during her 1989 World Tour 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."
And she's not the only pop superstar giving back. Britney Spears -- who hails from Kentwood, Louisiana -- has teamed up with the American Red Cross and CrowdRise to raise money for the victims of the massive floods. Fans who donate at least $10 are eligible to either win two roundtrip tickets to New York City and two tickets to the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday -- as well as the chance to meet Spears before the big show at Madison Square Garden -- and another winner will get to own the outfit the singer ends up wearing at the MTV Video Music Awards, along with an autographed album.
Swift has been enjoying some down time in NYC lately, hitting the gym and working on her fit physique. Wednesday was no different, when she was snapped entering the gym showing a bit of her belly button in a cropped maroon T-shirt, fierce black leggings and sneakers.