Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Taylor Swift has been silently making donations to those that have fell on hard times.
In December, Washington Post published a story illuminating the stories of unemployed Americans facing eviction amid the pandemic. In response to the article, Taylor donated $13,000 each to GoFundMe campaigns to two mothers interviewed in the newspaper, Nikki Cornwell and Shelbie Selewski, who were facing eviction hearings for January.
Taylor left a comment on both donations, acknowledging that she heard about their stories through the article.
Cornwell, a single mother, told the Washington Post that she was $4,000 behind on rent and feared her landlord would evict her after the holiday season. “I’m so sorry for everything you’ve had to go through this year and wanted to send you this gift, from one Nashville girl to another,” Swift wrote with her donation.
Selewski and her fiancé stopped work at the beginning of the pandemic. Their daughter, who was born with a collapsed lung, was high-risk for the virus. “No one should have to feel the kind of stress that’s been put on you,” Swift wrote with her donation to Selewski. “I hope you and your beautiful family have a great holiday season. Love, Taylor.”
Taylor Swift has now continued her crusade of goodwill be donating to another mother impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, March 23rd, Swift and her mother Andrea donated $50,000 to a GoFundMe dedicated to Vickie Quarles, the mother of five children whose husband, Theodis Ray Quarles, died of coronavirus.
“While so many families have lost loved ones in 2020 for various reasons, this one reminded me of the unexpected loss of superstar NBA champion, Kobe Bryant,” a description for the fundraiser read. “Except the MVP of this family of five daughters is Theodis Ray Quarles.
“When the paramedics arrived to the Quarles’ home to transport Theodis to the hospital for breathing difficulties, Vicki wasn’t allowed to accompany her husband due to quarantine restrictions. Little did she know that this would be her final engagement with her best friend. She later received a call from the hospital that Theodis had succumb to this awful virus.”
Their joint donation raised the fundraiser — that’s goal amount was $50,000 — to $61,603.