Ariana Grande understands what the holiday season is all about.
The pop star donated several Christmas gifts to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, which were distributed to “babies, children, and teenagers at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Trafford General, Wythenshawe Hospital, and North Manchester General Hospital,” according to an Instagram post from the organisation on Monday.
The charity, which works to improve treatment, research, and care at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, also shared a photo of a Christmas tree surrounded by gifts and a framed note that reads “Thank you Ariana.”
“It’s so wonderful that Ariana has been so thoughtful once again and made this special donation to our family of hospitals,” Tanya Hamid, interim director of Manchester Foundation Trust Charity, wrote.
According to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s social media posts, Grande donated nearly 1,000 presents to the England hospital last Christmas, and the “34+35” singer will also donate “vouchers, toys, and gifts” in 2020.
“We know Ariana holds a special place in her heart for Manchester, and in particular Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital,” Hamid wrote.
Grande and Manchester, England were linked in tragedy on May 22, 2017, when a suicide bomber blew himself up as fans were leaving her show at Manchester Arena. Two weeks later, the singer returned to the city to perform at a memorial concert she helped organise.
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Grande spoke out after the explosion, which killed 22 people. “Broken,” she wrote on Twitter. “I apologise from the bottom of my heart. I’m at a loss for words.”
Grande has been candid about her mental health in the aftermath of the Manchester bombings and the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller in September 2018.
In April 2019, the Grammy-winning singer shared a screenshot of a scan of her brain, including areas that appeared to be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, on her Instagram Story (PTSD).
The image in the screenshot compared a “healthy” brain to one affected by PTSD. Underneath that, Grande placed a photo labelled “my brain,” which looked startlingly similar to the brain of someone suffering from PTSD.
Grande described the scan results as “hilarious and terrifying,” emphasising that they were “not a joke.”