Earlier this month, Louisiana was hit with 6.9 trillion gallons of rain in the span of six days, causing massive flooding and destroying tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Naturally, entire neighborhoods are left without food, clothing, and clean water in the aftermath of the flood. But in times of national tragedy, people have a tendency to come together and help their fellow man—including celebrities like Taylor Swift, who's hoping to make sure victims of the flood have enough food to eat.
According to People Magazine, Swift made a $1 million donation to the recovery effort in general, but allocated $50,000 specifically for the Baton Rouge Food Bank. The organization is trying desperately to feed its community despite having its warehouse flooded with four feet of water and losing 1 million pounds of food.
The food bank moved to a temporary location as soon as the flood hit, and has continued to supply its community with as much assistance as possible. After the storm, Swift explained why Louisiana, in particular, has come to mean so much to her over the years.
“We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home," Swift said in a statement to the Associated Press earlier this month. "The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking.”
"I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time," she added.
Swift isn't the only pop star sending love, prayers, and money to Louisiana. Britney Spears, a Louisiana native, has set up a fund where fans can enter to win the singer's costume from the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga also tweeted a message of support last week, telling her followers that she was planning to donate to the relief effort.