By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY
Hometown girl Lady Gaga is giving up a huge chunk of her change to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
The flamboyant pop star is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to help the New York City and New Jersey areas rebuild after last week's extreme weather that left a path of death and destruction in its wake.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, announced the gift on her website Wednesday, with a special message to her hometown:
Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. 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. New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas