Taylor Swift Meets 8-Year-Old Boy With Autism After Donating $10K To Help Him Get A Service Dog

by Caralynn Lippo
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Taylor Swift has long been known for her selfless acts of kindness for her many fans. Without much to-do, Taylor often uses her riches and her influence to do special things for others out of the goodness of her own heart.

Recently, the Reputation singer shared a sweet moment with one of her youngest fans after helping to change his life.

Taylor surprised 8-year-old Jacob Hill and his family with front-row tickets to her September 29 concert in Houston, Texas, as part of her Reputation Stadium Tour. She even threw in some backstage passes. While that would’ve been majorly sweet on its own, the meet-and-greet came after Taylor had already donated $10,000 toward Jacob’s service dog.

According to Inside Edition, the little boy has autism and is very sensitive to loud sounds and bright lights. Reid, his service dog, helps him manage his interactions with the world and provides support for the pint-sized T-Swift fan.

Properly training and certifying a service dog is a very expensive endeavor, so it’s not an exaggeration to say that the pop star’s sizable donation was life-changing for the Hill family.

Jacob’s mom Allison took to the Facebook page Autism Speaks to recount the special moment when they were finally able to meet the Grammy winner in person at her concert:

“Taylor Swift was so kind. She said Reid was a big puffball and so cute. She was especially awesome with Jacob. She didn’t see my son’s disability, she just saw him. She got down on her knees and looked him right in the eyes and said hello and that she was thankful HE came to her show even though she knew it was loud and there was so much going on. He grabbed her face and pulled her hair back and said ‘Hi Taylor!’ which was something we were working on all week, but didn’t know if he would be able to say it. She was very gracious and acted like him grabbing her face didn’t even phase her. After the picture was taken, the flash scared him so he snuggled right up to her and her sweet smile says it all. My daughter, Jordan, was pumped to meet her. We feel so blessed! Taylor is such an amazing person for doing this for us… again! Jacob made it through almost the entire concert. Taylor is such an autism advocate, we love her!”

There’s no doubt that Taylor truly cares about each and every one of her fans.

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