Nokubonga Blom from Cape Town recently celebrated her birthday with the homeless.
The 29-year-old, who works with an organization known as Homeless Voices, visits the homeless around Cape Town every Saturday to drop off donated clothes and blankets.
But it’s a tweet of her heart-warming birthday celebration gesture that’s got everyone feeling fuzzy on the inside.
“I told them the last Saturday that it’s my birthday and I wanted to celebrate it with them,” Nokubonga told YOU. “And if you promise them something, it’s so important to fulfil it – not just for yourself but for them as well because they’ve been so disappointed in the past.”
Nokubonga celebrated her birthday on Sunday 18 August. But this time, instead of celebrating it with her family and friends like she usually does, she decided to party with people she’s built a close bond with.
Nokubonga headed to Bellville – with cake, sweets, chips and party hats – on her birthday to celebrate along with everyone else whose birthday is in August but who aren’t fortunate enough to have a little celebration.
“They were so happy. We sang, danced and they spoke about life. For me, that was so meaningful.
“Having conversations with people that’ve experienced life at its worst was the best birthday present of all because they give the best advice,” she says.
Nokubonga’s brother shared pictures of the celebrations on Twitter. By the time this article was published, the tweet had been like nearly 9 000 time and more than 2 000 people were talking about it.
“I was so overwhelmed by their gratitude, they wrote me letters and couldn’t stop thanking me for allowing them to share my special with me,” Nokubonga says.
She’d like to remind people the homeless are just like everyone else. “They love to laugh, love to love and most of all, they have hearts just like any of us. People need to stop ‘othering’ them.”
Check out below, some of the heart-warming pictures captured from the day.