AUTHOR: Christina Garibaldi,

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Lady Gaga may be a world-renowned pop star who has dominated the charts in around the globe and become an international fashion icon, but one thing she will never forget is where it all began for her: New York City.

The singer has always made her love for New York known, especially in song, and now she’s reaching out when her city needs her most. Following the destruction that Hurricane Sandy left in her beloved hometown, Lady Gaga decided to take action. On Wednesday (November 7), Gaga donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to aid in the relief efforts in New York City.

“If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today,” Gaga said in a statement posted on her website. “New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is natural pursuit of diversity through compassion.”

She continued, “Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali: with our deepest gratitude New York is raising for us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas.”

Earlier this week, Lady Gaga tweeted out a previously unreleased track, “No Floods,” as a way to honour her hometown while she is overseas on the Born This Way Ball Tour. “No matter lightning or thunder/ Buckets of rainwater/ You can’t flood this town/ In a world unknown/ You’ve gotta hold your own/ And you can’t stop me/ You’re never ever, ever gonna stop me now,” she sings on the track.

Like Lady Gaga, so many others have donated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and that outpouring of support to those affected by the storm is not slowing down anytime soon.