Taylor Swift generously donated $15,000 to a firefighter who recently responded to an emergency that involved his wife and son.
On Saturday, volunteer firefighter Aaron VanRiper responded to an accident scene near Huntsville, Texas. Little did he know that his wife Amber and son John “Bear” were the ones who had suffered serious injuries from the car crash.
“My wife was laying there on the ground. [By] the look of the car, I don’t know how either one of them lived. There was nothing left of that car,” Aaron said, according to a previous report by the Inquisitr. Amber currently remains in the ICU and John was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
Because VanRiper’s family didn’t have insurance, a family friend decided to set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for their medical expenses associated with the accident.
“Amber and Bear are in Memorial Herman Houston. Both have multiple broken bones. This is an outstanding family! They are involved with supporting our local community of Riverside and Fire Stations. Please help this precious family due to excessive medical bills and lack of funds that will come in over the next year.”
“Amber and Bear will both be in wheelchairs leaving Aaron to take care of his family 24/7 in a house full of stairs. (My name is Mandy Kibby and I have been friends with the VanRiper family since before John Bear was growing in his mommy’s stomach….. Aaron will be withdrawing the donations himself when this fundraiser for his family is over.) God Is Good All The Time!!!!”
On Thursday, Swift favorited a tweet about the family’s situation, and then proceeded to make her donation of $15,000. She signed the donation, “Taylor Swift.”
“If it is her, I thank her from the bottom of my heart. She’s an amazing person,” VanRiper said about the donation before several news sites confirmed that it was in fact Swift that made the donation.
So far, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $112,111 of their $125,000 goal. The funds have been raised by 2,589 people in only 5 days, and their cause has been shared 4,500 times on social media. The family is hoping that more donations will be received following Swift’s donation that has gained national attention.
Swifts representative has not yet responded to requests for comments, Fox News reports.
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