A statement on the GoFundMe page explains that Theodis Ray Quarles was rushed to the hospital in December with "breathing difficulties." Quarles died at the age of 48 on Dec. 18, 2020.
"Vicki wasn't allowed to accompany her husband due to quarantine restrictions. Little did she know that this would be her final engagement with her best friend," writes family friend DeQuanda Smith, who organized the fundraiser for her friend Vickie Quarles.
Smith explains that she set up the GoFundMe to help provide financial relief to Quarles and her children.
"I am confident that their father, Theodis Ray Quarles, will be smiling from heaven when his little teacher, doctor, CEO, nurse or entrepreneur makes her mark in the world," Smith wrote.
Swift and her mom's donation helped the Quarles family surpass their $50,000 goal. As of March 25, 2021, over $63,000 had been raised.
Smith shared an update with a message from Vickie Quarles.
"Words cannot express how incredibly grateful I am for all of the kind and caring people who have made donations in support of me and my 5 daughters," reads the statement. "I would like to especially say thank you to Andrea and Taylor Swift for your thoughtfulness and generosity from our homestate of Tennessee. I appreciate the sweet personal note, it warmed my heart. The road ahead will definitely not be the same without Theodis but with each day I am humbled and anchored in hope that I can continue to raise the girls to be as compassionate and caring as all of you. Thank you so very much."
Last March, Swift donated to two separate fans struggling with bills due to the COVID lockdown.
In Decemeber of 2020, Swift donated $13,000 to the GoFundMe campaigns of two separate mothers.
Swift also gave a generous donation to Nashville record store Grimey's, supplying the store with money for each employee and three months' worth of health care.
Swift is gearing up to release her latest album Fearless (Taylor's Version), featuring re-recordings of songs from her sophomore album along with six new songs from the vault.
Last year, Swift release the sister albums Folklore and Evermore.
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