Taylor Swift (AP/Greg Allen)

Is Taylor Swift our nicest pop star?

A semi-comprehensive catalog of the star's good deeds


Anna Silman
May 1, 2015 12:39AM (UTC)

This morning, Taylor Swift made headlines once again after reaching out to a 12-year-old cancer patient with a ten-minute phone call, and then offering her tickets and a one-on-one meeting at her Detroit concert in May.

While lots of celebrities maintain close relationships with fan communities, Swift has always been in a league of her own (she resembles, per reporter Howard Gensler, "a one-woman Make-A-Wish Foundation"). Much like loving cats and engaging in tumultuous romances, building one-on-one relationships with her fans is one of the most enduring attributes of the Taylor Swift™ brand -- and one of the reasons why she has the most loyal supporters of any artist in the business. Swift has reconstructed the fan-artist relationship to make it feel like a friendship, and whether or not she has ulterior motives for her good deeds (or just has no concept of money) she sure does manage to get a lot done. She's a gift-wrapping monster!

Advertisement:

Here's a look at just a few of T-Swift's good deeds throughout the years. For the purposes of the list, we've stuck with individual acts of kindness and omitted wider charitable contribution, of which there are many.

  • She donated $10,000 and Taylor Swift concert tickets to students from Boston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing after they were the victims of a cruel prank
  • She sent “Swiftmas” gifts to some diehard fans
  • She FaceTimed with a 4-year-old terminally ill cancer patient
  • After a New Jersey teen with cancer invited Swift to prom, she responded by inviting him to the Academy of Country Music Awards
  • She sent flowers to the family of a fallen soldier
  • She sent gifts and promised tickets to a fan who missed her show because of a drunk driving accident
  • She held “secret sessions” of her album 1989 for diehard fans at her home, which included feeding them cookies she baked herself
  • She visited child cancer patients at Sloan-Kettering
  • She paid a surprise visit to play songs for patients at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island
  • She visited a 7-year-old fan with leukemia at Boston Children’s Hospital and played a song for him. On the same visit, she duetted an Adele song with a 20-year-old leukemia patient
  • She donated $4,000 to a fan with no home (maybe)
  • She crashed a fan’s bridal shower
  • She invited members of a Kentucky frat to one of their concerts after they did a lip dub to "Shake it Off"
  • She did a spontaneous photoshoot with a fan in the park
  • After a fan expressed how Swift’s music helped her through a tough time, Swift showed up to her house with presents, including a toy Mercedes for her son
  • She gave her fans positive reinforcement on Instagram
  • She wrote a song, “Ronan,” about a young boy who died of brain cancer (and later donated $100,000 of the proceeds from the song to the V foundation for cancer research)
  • She surprised a super-fan on "Ellen"
  • She gave a fan $90 to buy Chipotle for her birthday after running into her
  • She left a $500 tip at a Philadelphia Italian restaurant
  • She met with an 11-year-old leukemia patient at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field
  • She hung out with a 12-year-old fan with a life-threatening heart condition
  • She gave a fan $1,989 to pay off her student loans

Taylor Swift is a better person than you are.


Anna Silman

MORE FROM Anna SilmanFOLLOW annaesilman

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Charity Good Deeds Music Taylor Swift




BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••


Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •