This Is the Touching Reason Lorde Just Gave a Family of Strangers $10K
Taylor Swift (who is steadily expanding her girl squad) has certainly been known to help a fan in need — she recently gave a fan’s family $5,000 after she died in a car accident to help cover medical expenses and funeral arrangements via GoFundMe. Now, it seems her pal Lorde is following suit and using her funds for the power of good.
After perusing donation site GiveaLittle, Lorde made a whopping donation of $10,000 to a New Zealand family seemingly chosen at random, the Busch-Barrys. According to the family’s page, they’re currently in a bind due to a leaky house, which will take at least four months to repair, the duration of which the family must live elsewhere.
They have an autistic, special needs daughter, making a move extremely difficult and costly (she requires special safety features) and, to top it all off, neither parent is currently working ― the mother stays home full-time to attend to daughter Rheegan, and the father was recently forced to take leave from his job as well due to “severe hearing impairment and health difficulties.”
Currently, the page has raised $68,467 of its $160,000 goal, $10,00 of which came from one miss Elia Yelich-O’Connor, AKA Lorde, who wrote, “Sending best wishes to you and your parents, Rhee.”
It’s not her first charitable act through the site, either — Elia has also given $20,000 to a New Zealand charity that helps kids have access to food in schools, saying, “Hope this helps a little bit. Lots of love from a former kid who is passionate about all kids having access to food at school.”
Wow! What a sweetheart. Rheegan’s mother, Devora Busch, would tend to agree, telling Women’s Day New Zealand, “What an amazing young woman she is. There’s no personal connection, so I’m very humbled that she would think of us.”
Here’s to seeing more donations and stories like this one in the future.
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(h/t Bustle, photo via Kevin Winter, Andrew Toth + Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)