Taylor Swift Helped This Boy Pay For His Service Dog. Then She Met Both Of Them.

"She gave us front row seats and backstage passes."

We always love hearing about Taylor Swift's kind gestures for fans, and this latest story is especially heartwarming. According to People, Swift recently invited an 8-year-old boy with autism named Jacob Hill to the Houston concert on her Reputation Tour, gifting him and his family front row seats and backstage passes to meet her.

This isn't Swift's first connection with Jacob. In 2016, she and her mother Andrea donated $10,000 to help him get a service dog, thanks to a video posted by his sister and cousin in which they spoofed her song "Blank Space" to ask for donations.


Jacob reportedly received his service dog, Reid, in June. Swift got to meet both of them backstage, as his mother Allison shared in a post on the Facebook page for Autism Speaks. She included two photos of the meeting and praised Swift for how she interacted with Jacob.

"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," she wrote. "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. "

"My daughter, Jordan, was pumped to meet her," Hill added. "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!"

People points out that Hill also wrote a post on The Mighty in 2016 sharing how much Swift's kindness affected her family, explaining of Jacob, "He often tries to wander from safety. He may dart into the street or try to run straight to water — and it would be a challenge to ask for help or know how to get to safety." Service dogs, she wrote, can not only be "companions" to children with autism, but also "physical anchors to keep them safe."

"Thank you so much," Hill wrote to Swift and her mother. "Jacob's life will truly be changed forever."

Swift has granted other emotional meet-and-greets during her Reputation Tour. In May, she visited a young girl in the hospital who couldn't make it to her Phoenix show. She also met a teenage fan with cerebral palsy whose video dancing to her song "Shake It Off" went viral. 

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