If you’ve listened to her new album folklore, you’ll already be more than aware of Taylor Swift’s ability to brighten up everybody’s day in dark times.
But recently she took things to a whole new level.
On Thursday, the pop star appears to have donated £23,373 ($30,716) to the GoFundMe of 18-year-old Vitoria Mario, a student in the UK raising money to put herself through university.
“I have received a conditional offer to study Mathematics (MMath) at the prestigious University of Warwick. I have already attained AABB at AS Level and I have recently achieved A*A*A in my A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, respectively,” reads Mario’s GoFundMe page.
“However, I am still in a position of uncertainty as I may not be able to attend university due to my circumstances. I have lived in the U.K. for 4 years now, after migrating from Portugal to live with family in Tottenham. The socio-economic barriers of not being eligible for maintenance loans/grants is due not only to not having ‘Home’ status, but also because my family are low income, and unable to help me self-fund through university.”
Given that she was unable to obtain a maintenance loan from Student Finance England, Mario was attempting to raise £40,000 ($52,600) in order to cover the costs of accommodation, equipment, and living for her four-year course. But after 20 days of funding, she still hadn’t quite hit the halfway mark.
That is until Thursday, when Swift stepped in.
“Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality,” reads Swift’s donation message. “I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.”
At the time of writing Mario’s page has cruised passed its target, with the total currently standing at £42,673. New donations are coming in all the time, too.
Needless to say, Mario was more than just a little excited.
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY OR EVEN HOW TO FEEL😳😳😳 GOD IS GOOOOD
— Vitoria (@vitoriamariox) August 20, 2020
OK, so there’s no way of surefire proving this time that this is the actual Taylor Swift — it could always be someone posing as her by entering her name as theirs on GoFundMe — without a statement from Swift herself, but given the size of the donation and the singer’s history of digital philanthropy, it seems like a pretty fair assumption to make.
This isn’t the first time Swift has given money away online. Just a few months back, a number of her fans who had appealed for help during the coronavirus also received $3,000 donations from the singer.
i made a post on tumblr about how i was scared i wouldn’t be able to stay living in NYC because of what corona has done to the music industry. @taylorswift13 literally single-handedly saved my ability to stay here. i cannot even believe my eyes right now pic.twitter.com/3hAxkSVvGo
— holly turner (@ittybittyholly) March 25, 2020
Mashable has reached out to Mario with additional questions.