Hate her. Say she’s not country. Call her a traitor. Think what you will. But, at the end of the day, what is important is humanity. Generosity. Selflessness.
Taylor Swift was recently named the most charitable celebrity for the third year in a row, and it comes as no surprise, especially after seeing this new “end of year” video that surfaced on her YouTube channel on New Year’s Eve. According to the video:
2014 was the year of many wonderful things for Taylor and her fans.
Shortly after the massively success release of 1989, fans on social media began to experience another phenomenon. After something that became known as #TayLurking, whereupon every detail of a fan’s likes, job, whereabouts was studied intently… A single Santa emoji would appear on their socials.
From one Taylor Swift.
….these are their stories.
And stories they were, indeed.
The video shows Taylor, in various states of dress (including a Santa hat), surrounded by her cats, wrapping “Swiftmas” gifts that she personally bought for fans. Sophie, Mallory, Michelle, Mackenzie, and more; fans can be seen opening presents that were sent to them by Taylor Swift to brighten their holidays — simply for being supportive of her career.
“Hey T.S. from T.S., Hey pal. I wanted to write you a note and send you some presents because you’re such a shiny bright light in my life…”
“I’m writing you from my apartment in New York City…”
“I just wanted to remind you of how grateful I am to have you and Ashley…”
“…and I had so much fun trying to think of things that might have made you smile…”
“…and I wanted to tell you how much you impress me with your giving spirt…”
“I love reading your posts, especially seeing your escapades with Emma…”
“You are so devastatingly adorable…”
“I adore you and know everything will be okay. Give Kiana a hug for me.”
“I’ll see you soon in person, but I’ll see you on Tumblr like tonight though. Love, Taylor”
As if all these amazingly kind, thoughtful, tear-jerking notes weren’t enough to soothe your soul and make you wish you were a recipient of one of these, Taylor then showed up at a fan’s home to deliver gifts to her young son. The two can be seen driving a motorized toy car together and sharing the little boy’s (presumed) first kiss.
Say what you will, but I can honestly state that I wish people who know me and love me treated me the way Taylor treats her fans. She sees the value in each and every supporter, never lets them feel unappreciated, and always makes gestures — big or small — to express her gratitude. That, my friends, is the sign of a person worthy of all the celebrity and fame in the world.