When Taylor Swift found out one of her young fans was spreading positivity to essential mail carriers during quarantine, she decided to surprise the fan with a special delivery of her own.
Emerson Weber, an 11-year-old from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been spending the last few weeks writing letters to mail carriers all across the U.S. as a way to show her gratitude for their hard work.
It started with a thank-you note to her own postman and after it was shared in an internal U.S. Postal Service newsletter, Emerson gained postal worker pen pals from around the country.
In many of her letters, she bonded with her new pals over a love of Swift’s music, and news of that eventually reached Swift herself.
In a series of tweets written by Emerson’s father, Hugh Weber, he described the special package his daughter received from Swift. It contained a hand-painted letter from Swift, Swift's own personal “13” wax seal to use on Emerson’s future letters and some "Lover" shirts.
“She was touched ... honored ... happy ... to hear about Emerson mentioning her & her music in her letters,” Weber tweeted. “But, she found it more important that she ‘writes letters to people who don’t expect a thank you.’”
She saw in Emerson’s story “an innate sense of empathy, a curiosity about the feelings of strangers, and the drive to try to brighten someone’s day.” pic.twitter.com/gLJotHJCdS— Hugh Weber (@hughweber) May 13, 2020
He added, "We’re a puddle of tears over here. And, it has nothing to do with Taylor’s celebrity. It has everything to do with her humanity. Inexplicably, she sees Em. She sees her beauty. She sees her heart. She sees the real her."
Taylor included a couple of shirts in the box - in two different sizes to be certain that the fit was right.
Em found the shirts that worked for her, and... pic.twitter.com/UElT1I2EPk— Hugh Weber (@hughweber) May 13, 2020