17-year-old Tanvi Barman, a high school senior from California ,spends her weekends traveling to different homeless shelters and throwing birthday parties for the homeless children she meets!
Instead of spending her weekends hanging out with friends or going out like most teens her age, this lovely lady decided to give up her weekends so she can help children in different homeless shelters in the Bay Area.
Tanvi revealed that the kids always get excited and into the party spirit, even though most of them have never experienced one before. “Within an hour, they’re holding my hands, they’re tugging on my sleeve, and they really trust me.” She revealed.
As a child, Tanvi used to volunteer at homeless shelters with her parents, now it’s become her life’s passion. The inspiring teen has a launched non-profit organization “No Birthday Left Behind” in a bid to ensure her work becomes as widespread as possible.
“A birthday party is such a big experience for a child and I think it was one of my favorite memories growing up. We all look forward to our birthdays ever year. We all do. And it’s sad that these children, who are just like us, don’t have the opportunity to have a birthday.” Tanvi said.
Talking to CBS Evening News, Tanvi revealed that she got the idea when she considered the fact that children in the shelters never get to celebrate their birthdays like she and her friends did.
“It’s very hard for these children to get a source of happiness in their lives. I can provide them a day where they feel special and loved.” she said.
To kick off her mission, Tanvi reached out to local vendors for children’s party food and entertainment, for donations of party decorations, food and entertainment.
Tanvi’s efforts have inspired several homeless shelters around the area to reach out to “No Birthday Left Behind” when one of their young residents is having a birthday.
The teen described her mom and dad as ‘the backbone help’ to the programme, saying it would be difficult to get around the city and drive to different places without their help. “My parents are always there to back me up.” she said.
However, Tanvi’s parents told CBS News the organisation is all down to their daughter and its run from the kindness in her heart.
Tanvi, you have such a beautiful heart and we can’t thank you enough for the incredible work you’re doing! We pray your organization grows and touches as many children as possible.
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