By Ivanna Carlos |Staff Writer|
Not only did Swift hit her fans with “Swiftmas” this December, by personalizing gifts and delivering them herself, but she surprised a loyal fan Rebekah Bortnicker with the ultimate gift.
On Jan. 11, Bortnicker received a package in the mail to her house via FedEx from Swift, which contained a check written out to her name for $1,989 in hopes that it would help her pay back her student loans.
The check was one of the many things that came in the box.
Swift hand painted a picture for Bortnicker, which read “Becks 1989” along with hand-painted flowers and a personalized hand-written note.
Pictures of Swift painting the picture for Bortnicker were also included in the package as proof that Swift painted the picture and wrote the letter herself.
“I heard about what Taylor did. It kind of makes me want to reach out to her and ask her for help with paying back my student loans. I think it’s great that Taylor helps her fans like that. As a student, I know that any help would most definitely be more than appreciated,” said student Suna Haddad.
Bortnicker posted on her social networks thanking Swift an unbelievable amount of times and Swift reposted the posts onto her Tumblr for her followers to see.
“I found it clever that Taylor Swift made the check out for $1,989 to go with her new album,” said student Lilian Gutierrez.
Swift’s latest album is titled 1989, which is the year she was born. That is the same amount the check was written out for.
“I think she could have given her more money. She just gave her that amount for the publicity,” said student Daleth Quintanilla.
Maybe it was for publicity but I still think it was a nice gesture for Swift to help one of her fans with their student debt in a creative way that benefits both her and Bortnicker.
Not too long ago, Swift took all of her music off Spotify because she wanted her fans to purchase her music. This raises the question, did she do it for publicity or does she really care?
“Yeah, it’s the title of her newest album, but if you got money like she does why wouldn’t you just send one of your most loyal fans the whole amount to finish paying back her loan,” said student Adrian Carlos.
After all, Swift’s gesture was a thoughtful one. Which one of us wouldn’t want any type of amount to go toward the loans we have to pay back?