Teen delight at US star’s Taylor-made gift

February 9, 2015

A Newry teenager is still pinching herself after receiving a box full of personal gifts and goodies from superstar songstress Taylor Swift.  Devoted fan Jessica Kimmins was bowled over to receive the special package after the singer got in touch with her on Tumblr and asked for contact details.

The eighteen year old told The Examiner that Swift, who is renowned for her kindness and generosity to fans,  “liked” a picture Jessica had posted of concert tickets for her Dublin show this June and began to follow the teenager on Tumblr, liking her posts and comments.

“She messaged me saying she had seen what a huge fan I was and asked for my address and contact details,” says Jessica.

“I didn’t know what to think.  I was thrilled that she wanted my address and phone number and didn’t know what to expect.

“A few days later her management team got in touch and told me to expect a parcel in the post.  It was so exciting but I never in a million years expected her to send everything she did.”

The Trouble singer regularly gets in touch with individual fans and began sending gifts to her most devoted followers before Christmas.  Jessica told us she never thought she would become one of the lucky recipients until last Tuesday when the bulging parcel arrived on the Newry girl’s doorstep.

Included in the generous goody bag was all of the merchandise from Taylor’s 1989 tour, as well as a card and hand written notes from the superstar to Jessica. “She had sent clothes in lots of different sizes and attached a note saying I could share them with my friends,” says Jessica, who admits she won’t be parting with anything, despite her sisters and friends being desperate to get their hands on something!

The item that remains most precious to the star-struck teenager is Taylor’s own Polaroid camera and several developed photos of the star taken with the camera and adorned with personal messages for the Newry super fan.

Also included was Taylor’s tour poster from her own bedroom wall and a tub of her favourite spread called ‘Applebutter’.  A backstage pass to the Grammy’s which the singer wore at the ceremony last month is one of the most valuable items to Jessica and a card attached to the package which included a personal message from Swift saying “I can’t wait to see you soon” has filled the teenage fan with hope that she may get to meet the singer in the flesh someday.

“I don’t want to jinx it but she doesn’t do paid meet and greets so I’m hoping the card means she wants to meet me,” she explains.

Jessica is the first fan outside of America to have received a much sought after package from Taylor and she says the unexpected gifts have strengthened her dedication to the pop star who, she says, “shows such respect and gratitude to her fans with her generosity and kindness.”