GIVE: Insaaf Gaidien donated her 21st geld to Rock A Bye Baby House in Kuils River

Insaaf, who turned 21 on Sunday, decided that instead of a larney jol for her 21st, she was going to donate her party money to her workplace, which serves as a halfway house for abandoned and orphaned babies from unplanned pregnancies.

They care for the babies until their adoptions are finalised.

The young woman called on mense to bring along much-needed donations for either the staff or infants. The public could either donate money or get something off the Rock A Bye Baby House “Wish List”, which includesmedication and baby toiletries.

She says on Saturday, people came out in their numbers and donated whatever they could.

“There was an overwhelming response. We’ve had people come in and out the whole day just dropping off donations, and it’s just phenomenal,” Insaaf tells the Cape Argus.

She said last week was very stressful for her in anticipation of her big day, and the public’s response was more than she had hoped for.

“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing. People have been so generous,” Insaaf says.

The safe haven has received a huge number of donations.

Safety parent Yolande Barnard said: “There has been just this outpouring of love and support from so many people, and we are so grateful to everyone who made this possible.”

She added that the home was still in desperate need of a new roof, which they couldn’t afford.