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SHE SHOWS UP AT THEIR HOMES
The Monday after Christmas 2016, the "Shake It Off" singer showed up at the Missouri home of the world's "Oldest Swifty": a 96-year-old World War II veteran who says that his love for Swift has brought him closer to his 20-plus grandchildren. A little after 1 p.m., Swift appeared and surprised him and his family with an impromptu performance and celebration.
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SHE PERFORMS AT THEIR WEDDINGS
Longtime Swift fan Max Singer got the surprise of his life when the singer "crashed" his 2016 wedding to treat him and his new wife, Kenya Smith, to a stripped-down performance of "Blank Space." Singer's sister, Ali, had reached out to Swift to tell her about the death of the siblings' mother, and how Singer and Smith had wed in the hospital so that she could be there for her son's big day – and how they danced to "Blank Space" as their mother-son dance. If her surprise performance wasn't sweet enough, Swift also gifted the newlyweds with a handmade, hand-painted card, because she's just that kind.
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SHE MAKES MEMORIES HER FANS WILL CHERISH FOREVER
When 12-year-old Australian fan Jorja Hope was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss that will eventually cause her to go deaf, the first thing she said was, "I won't be able to hear Taylor Swift," reports The Maitland Mercury. But Swift made sure Jorja had the chance to make precious musical memories before that time comes. After Jorja's twin sister Chloe launched a Facebook campaign to help Jorja meet her idol at Swift's November tour stop in Sydney, radio station Nova 96.9 helped set up a meeting with the superstar, who of course happily accepted. The singer "gave Jorja a massive hug," and the fan told Maitland Mercury "she was very, very amazing."
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SHE INVITES THEM OVER FOR EPIC DANCE PARTIES
There's only one thing better than watching Dylan, a 7-year-old Swiftie, adorably break it down to "Shake It Off" – and that's watching him break it down with Taylor Swift herself. After seeing the internet sensation bust a move online and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Swift met up with Dylan for the cutest dance party ever.
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SHE REACHES OUT WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST
When Emily Beazley picked up the phone on April 28, 2015, there was a very familiar voice on the line. After friends and family campaigned on social media, Taylor Swift called the 12-year-old – who has been battling stage III T-cell lymphoblastic Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since 2011 – to say how much it meant to her that her music helped the young fan get through painful treatments.
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SHE GIVES THEM THE VIP TREATMENT
Swift took #SquadGoals to a new level at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, where she tracked down two of her biggest fans (sound familiar?) for a pre-show hang. "Taylor talked to me like she was my best friend," Colleen Sullivan, one of the lucky chosen ones, told BuzzFeed. "She's so welcoming, and she really wants to thank us for supporting her all these years. It's amazing how I can play a part in her happiness when she's always played a huge role in mine."
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SHE ALWAYS MAKES TIME
Jalene Salinas made a bucket list: In addition to things like building a snowman and going to a spa, the 4-year-old diagnosed with a PNET tumor dreamed of dancing with Swift to "Shake It Off." #ShakeItOffJalene caught the singer's eye, and she met her young fan during a March 2 FaceTime chat. "I'm so happy to talk to you," Swift told Jalene during their 20-minute catchup, just weeks before Jalene passed away. "And I'm so happy you like 'Shake It Off.'"
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SHE TAKES THEM BACKSTAGE AT THE GRAMMYS
Sam Smith, you can keep your trophies – we'd rather leave the Grammys with swelfies (sorry, we couldn't resist). The true winner of the night at the 2015 Grammys was Jill, whom Swift reached out to on Tumblr after learning her die-hard fan was also attending music's biggest night. Jill chronicled their backstage hang on Tumblr, even confirming that Swift had something in common with us less-photogenic mortals: "We took our pictures, and after we took the one of her putting her arm around me, she said, 'Let's take another. I look creepy.'"
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SHE INVITES THEM TO HER APARTMENT FOR V-DAY DATES
We can officially confirm Swift had the cutest Valentine's Day date in 2015: Tumblr superfan Sophie, who headed to Swift's envy-inducing N.Y.C. apartment for an afternoon of baking, flower crowns and cats. It's just one way the happily single Swift is focusing on the true loves of her life: you know, her fans and her cats.
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SHE'S THERE FOR THEM DURING BREAKUPS
Ice cream only goes so far when you're heartbroken, which is why Kasey reached out to someone who knows a few things about getting through breakups. Swift replied to the teenage fan's Tumblr post with a playlist and some solid advice for your Pinterest quote board: "There is nothing wrong with avoiding people who hurt you."
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SHE GIVES THEM THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS EVER
Even Ebenezer Scrooge could appreciate Swift's seasonal cheer, which resulted in a new holiday just for her fans: Swiftmas. The lucky ones on her nice list in 2014 were treated to presents hand-picked by Swift, which is, like, a thousand times better than the socks your aunt gave you for Christmas.
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SERIOUSLY: BEST GIFTS EVER
Over Christmas in 2014, Swift superfan Stephanie Barnett's toddler son got a pint-size Mercedes – but the delivery person was the real present. Swift showed up at their Connecticut home, which left Barnett "literally bawling on my couch. Like inconsolably, that she would do this for me and my son."
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SHE HELPS THEM PAY OFF THEIR STUDENT LOANS
But unlike Santa Claus, you never know when Swift is comin' to town (also: cats > reindeer). Case in point: A Swiftie named Rebekah received a package from her idol in Jan. 2015 containing a handwritten letter, Polaroids, assorted presents and a check for (drum roll) $1,989.
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SHE CRASHES THEIR BRIDAL SHOWERS
Like all brides-to-be, Gena Gabrielle's wedding registry wasn't complete without one very essential item: Sorry, blenders – we're talking about a shower cameo from Swift. The singer headed to Columbus, Ohio, to surprise her fan with kitchen goods, a cookbook and a supply of selfies that deserve inclusion in her wedding album.
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SHE LET THEM HEAR HER ALBUM FIRST
As any self-respecting Swift fan has noticed, the singer likes to keep an eye on her fans' social accounts – they don't call it Taylurking for nothing. But there's no hashtag to properly summarize how much excitement a handful of fans around the world felt when they were invited to listen to her new album at super-exclusive listening parties, dubbed #1989SecretSessions.
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SHE TRAVELS THE WORLD FOR THEM
During Swift's trip to Australia earlier this year, she surprised patients at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, dropping by to take photos. One fan (who has a lyrical pillow we are all sorts of jealous of) had a selfie photo shoot with Swift, who told her, "Now you have to take it because I'm going kiss you on the cheek." Aww! The hospital posted on its Facebook page, "Thank you Taylor Swift for dropping by the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital this afternoon to give our patients and families a special surprise they'll never forget. They'll never 'shake off' the memories you made tonight."
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