Madonna Helps Victims of Italy Quake
Posted on Wed Apr 8, 2009 08:50 AM PDT

MadonnaQuakeHelp200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Madonna has reportedly opened up her wallet to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Italy.

"I am happy to lend a helping hand to the town that my ancestors are from. My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones or their homes," Madonna said in a statement.

The Abruzzo region of Italy was heavily damaged when a 6.3 magnitude quake struck earlier this week. More than 200 people were killed and nearly 50,000 people have been left homeless.

The donation came after the mayor of Pacentro appealed to the singer for a little help. Madonna's paternal grandparents lived in the town until 1919.