Taylor Swift donates $1 million to Nashville tornado relief efforts

Taylor Swift is doing her part to help fellow Nashville residents after a deadly tornado ripped across Music City and other parts of central Tennessee on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Grammy winner donated $1 million to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, a spokesperson for the organization confirmed to The Tennessean.

"Nashville is my home and the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me," Swift wrote in her Instagram story on Thursday.

The tornado killed at least 24 people, according to officials, with others suffering injuries. The severe weather damaged dozens of homes and buildings and left tens of thousands of households and businesses without power.

It's not the first time Swift, who moved to Nashville when she was 14, has opened her wallet to help victims of a natural disaster in Tennessee. After the 2010 flood in Nashville, the generous singer donated $500,000 to relief efforts and created the Taylor Swift Charitable Fund.

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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Emergency crews work near a damaged business at Jefferson St. and Seventh Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: A television news crew works in front of a mural on heavily damaged The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood as lightning strikes in the background on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: A resident makes her way down Underwood St. amidst downed trees and heavy debris on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Storm damaged houses stand in portion on Underwood St. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Damaged utility poles and lines hang above Underwood St. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: General view of a mural on heavily damaged The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: A man walks by a storm damaged pickup truck on Underwood St. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Residents walk by a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson St. in Nashville, TN on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Residents watch as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson St. in Nashville, TN on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Residents watch as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson St. in Nashville, TN on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Emergency crews work near a damaged business at Jefferson St. and Seventh Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: General view of a knocked down street sign near a damaged business at Jefferson St. and Seventh Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Cars stop at service lines downed by a tornado on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Emergency crews work near a damaged business at Jefferson St. and Seventh Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: General view of tornado damaged service lines on Ninth Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Vehicles pass by damaged buildings on Jefferson St. after a tornado passed through the area on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
A lot is littered with debris brought on by a tornado that touched down in downtown Nashville, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Alex Carlson via AP)
Damaged vehicles and buildings are seen in East Nashville after a tornado hit the city in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP)
The Geist restaurant brick wall collapsed in a tornado that touched down in downtown Nashville, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Alex Carlson via AP)
People stand outside the Basement East music venue in East Nashville after it was destroyed by a tornado on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP)
Debris is scattered across the parking lot of a damaged apartment building after a tornado hit Nashville in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP)
Debris scattered across an intersection Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The National Weather Service in Nashville confirmed a tornado touched down in the area. (Celia Darrough via AP)
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Reese Witherspoon, Reba McEntire and other Nashville-based celebrities took to social media on Tuesday to send their support to those affected by the tornado.

"I'm just heartbroken and saying special prayers for the families who lost loved ones. Please stay safe," wrote Oscar winner Witherspoon.

"My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Nashville area affected by the tornado last night," wrote country queen McEntire. "Even if the tornado didn't hit our personal space, we are all affected because we are Nashvillians. My heart hurts for Nashville this morning." 

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