Add another award to Taylor Swift 's already overloaded trophy shelf: She's been given the 2012 "Honorary Star of Compassion Award" by Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services, a non-profit group which supports disaster relief and education.
Over the past few years, Taylor has raised or donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for disaster relief. In 2008, she donated all the proceeds from her merchandise sales at the CMA Music Festival to the Red Cross disaster relief fund, and that same year, she gave $100,000 to the Red Cross in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to help the victims of flooding there.
After the Tennessee floods of 2010, Taylor donated $100,000 to a flood relief telethon, and donated another 100 grand later that year to rebuild a playground in Hendersonville, Tennessee that had been damaged by the floods. Last year, she sold tickets to the dress rehearsal for her Speak Now tour and donated the money to victims of tornadoes in the U.S. southeast.
In a statement, the group's director said, "Taylor Swift has inspired the small community of Northwest Tennessee with her uplifting words and music of encouragement and has become a positive role model for the young and old alike here."
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