On Saturday, June 6, Texas firefighter Aaron Van Riper was called to the scene of a head-on car collision in which two people were severely injured. Little did Van Riper know that he was being called to rescue his own family: his wife and his seven-year-old son.
Yahoo‘s Amy Capetta reports that both his son, Jonathan, and his wife, Amber, sustained several fractures and had to be taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital via LifeFlight. Amber endured a nine-hour surgery to repair her pelvis which fractured in five places, while Jonathan broke both his arm and his leg.
According to Yahoo, Van Riper’s friends and family set up a GoFundMe page to help with rising medical costs, as his wife and son’s medical treatment will be ongoing.
And not only did friends, family and anonymous donors come to the family’s rescue, a certain songstress who is known as much for her charity as she is for her music also came to the family’s aid: Taylor Swift.
Friends of the Van Riper family noticed that Swift had donated a whopping $15,000 to the family, which is sure to make a dent in Amber and Jonathan’s medical expenses. Yahoo says that Buzzfeed confirmed that the donation was not a hoax.
Miss Swift, the world is impressed with your generosity. You are truly living an inspired life!