Five-year-old Jacob Hill suffers from autism, which makes it difficult for him to socialize with other kids. To make matters worse, the condition leaves him more likely to wander away from his parents, which can put him in dangerous situations. To keep him safe, Jacob’s mother wanted to give him a therapy dog, but their family would need to raise $13,500 to train one. That’s when Jacob’s sister, Jordan, and his cousin, Makaylee, decided to help.
Together they wrote and performed a parody of Taylor Swift’s song “Blank Space” asking for donations to get Jacob a therapy dog. And the 12-year-old cousins were shocked when the pop star saw the video and donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe campaign. The donation was accompanied with this message from Taylor and her mother, Andrea: “Jacob, we hope you love your new dog! Please tell your cousins that they did a great job on the song! Love, Taylor and Andrea Swift.”
The donation helped put Jacob’s fundraising campaign past its goal. A therapy dog will be trained for two and a half years through Autism Service Dogs of America before it goes to live with Jacob and his family. The dog will help keep Jacob from wandering off and, hopefully, provide him with the companionship, comfort, and confidence he needs to interact with other kids. Taylor Swift is known for her generous contributions and donations to many causes that she cares about, and it’s great to see her stepping up for her fans in need.
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