Madonna donates to Italian earthquake victims

Madonna makes 'substantial donation' to Italian earthquake relief effor

Despite her recent adoption setbacks, Madonna is still keen to help those in need and has donated money to the victims of the Italian earthquake.

After the quake struck in the town of L’Aquila in central Italy on Monday, leaving the current death toll at 250, the town mayor appealed for help from Madonna, whose grandparents were former inhabitants of the region.

Within 24 hours the Queen of Pop had responded to the plea and has reportedly made a ‘substantial donation’ to aid with the relief effort after the Abruzzo area of Italy was struck by the earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale.

Aftershocks hit the area last night and early this morning, damaging more buildings and leaving the total of homeless people at some 20,000.

While Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, wouldn’t reveal the exact amount that the 50-year-old shelled out, a source said they believe it’s around the $500,000 mark.

‘I am happy to lend a helping hand to the town that my ancestors are from,’ Madonna told people.com. ‘My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones or their homes.’

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