Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande have spoken publicly about their donations to COVID-19 relief organizations like Feeding America and the World Health Organization, encouraging their fans to do the same. But the two singers are also making smaller donations directly to fans struggling financially as the coronavirus pandemic has caused them and many others to lose work. Salons, gyms, and retail stores throughout the country have been closed as governments have urged citizens to social distance, avoid large gatherings, and slow the spread of COVID-19.
TMZ was told by sources that for the past few days, Grande has "been communicating on the regular with her fans on social media, who've opened up about financial struggles, like not being able to pay upcoming bills, because they've lost their retail or service industry jobs for the time being."
The outlet wrote that "in at least 10 instances, maybe more, Ariana had connected with fans who've lost their jobs and sent them a cash donation via Venmo." Those donations have ranged from $500 to $1,500.
Swift hasn't said anything publicly about her donations, but the fans she helped have revealed Swift reached out to them on social media after seeing their posts explaining their struggles. Swift has given several fans $3,000 each to help them make rent and pay other bills.
OHHHHH MY FUCKINGGGGFFF SHUT HP SHUT UPS BUT IP SHUT UP THIS CANT BE HAPPENING I CANT STOP SHAKONT I CANT STOP CRUING WHAT THE FUCK TULORLRL pic.twitter.com/8wKUbDfS2x— samantha (@manthapaige13) March 25, 2020
In summary: I’m shaking and crying and just fell over a rug in my rush to ask my brother if Taylor’s message was real &now I’m probably (definitely) concussed🥺🥰❣️♥️— India Rose | “KEEP GROOVIN’/USING CORRECT GRAMMAR” (@hopefulgoodgirl) March 26, 2020
This virus took my new dream job away but @taylorswift GAVE ME SOME JOY TONIGHT out of pure kindness I’M— #BEKind pic.twitter.com/13nSKM2uZH
💰 | Taylor Swift has donated $3,000 to another fan facing financial struggles during this time #Covid_19— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) March 26, 2020
“Love you dude. I’ll need the email address for your PayPal account since you’re outside of the U.S. 😊” pic.twitter.com/Aq5P31XjYI
💰 | Taylor Swift has donated $3,000 to another fan on Tumblr after facing financial struggles due to no paychecks for the foreseeable future— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) March 26, 2020
“Leah, I’m so sorry this situation has caused you so much stress and I hope a gift of $3000 will help.” pic.twitter.com/Q56KkWVEwK
Days ago, Grande and Swift encouraged those financially able to help donate to organizations in need. "While we are social distancing and doing the best we can to protect one another, my heart hurts for the small businesses, individuals and families affected by all of this," Grande wrote on her Instagram Story. "I am supporting the organizations below and if you are able to, you should too." She then listed several organizations:
Ariana’s Instagram Story (March 19) pic.twitter.com/CNVdy1mDRo— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaToday) March 20, 2020
Swift wrote on her Instagram Story, "The World Health Organization and Feeding America are some of the organizations I've been donating to. If you have the ability to, please join me in donating during this crisis."
You can donate to Feeding America here, WHO's COVID-19 response fund here, GiveDirectly's COVID-19 fund here (money goes to the hardest hit families),the Opportunity Fund's Small Business Relief fund here, the American Red Cross here, and Italian Red Cross here.