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Taylor Swift Pays Healthcare Costs, Salaries for Nashville Record Store Employees

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By Alyssa McCraw

Taylor Swift has lent a hand to help a small business in her home state of Tennessee.

The 30-year-old songstress made a quiet donation to a Nashville record store called Grimey's New & Preloved Music which was forced into mandatory closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The local shop has been a staple in the community for over 20 years. Doyle Davis, one of the store's owners, said his company probably would not have survived if it weren't for Swift's charitable deed.

Taylor Swift sips a glass of wine inside of her trailer, showing off the deluxe editions of her 2019 album 'Lover.'
Taylor Swift | Facebook

“We were very surprised, and I would have to say amazed, that Taylor Swift reached out to us through her publicist to offer some relief during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis told Rolling Stone earlier this week. “I didn’t even know we were on her radar, but she really stepped up to help after the recent tornadoes that struck Nashville and middle Tennessee, and now she’s trying to help a beloved small business in her city."

He says Taylor's gift was more than just a simple rent payment.

Taylor Swift wows the crowd at Wango Tango; summer 2019.
Taylor Swift | Facebook

“Taylor generously offered some direct relief to my staff and to cover three months of our health care costs for our group-insurance plan,” he explained. “It’s a huge deal to us, and now I have some peace of mind as we apply for [Small Business Administration] loans to pay rent, vendors, and other expenses. This assistance from Ms. Swift helps give us a real shot at coming back on the other side of this.”

A buyer for Grimey's was equally as astounded.

Taylor Swift performs an acoustic set in Paris, France; fall 2019.
Taylor Swift | Facebook

“It’s incredibly heartening and totally surreal that Taylor Swift has offered to help us out in such a significant way,” Will Orman expressed. “With so much uncertainty about what lies ahead, we’re deeply grateful to be able to look forward to returning to the store and continuing to share music and connect with our community, thanks to Taylor’s generous support.”

In case you missed it, we previously titled Taylor as "gifty Swifty" due to her recent PayPal activities of gifting fans who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Taylor Swift appears on the red carpet of the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards; Las Vegas, NV.
Taylor Swift } Facebook

As countless others are, a young waitress in Florida is out of a job for an indefinite amount of time. She, like those at Grimey's, received a Swift-related surprise: $3,000, to be exact.

“It was a shock, because this is my only source of income and I love my job,” Taylor Jacobson told an Orlando news affiliate. “It’s crazy. I’m still speechless. So many people have reached out and messaged me and called me, and I just can’t wrap my head around that, out of her millions and millions of fans, she picked me.”

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