A Los Angeles woman who has been homeless for ten years was recently surprised with her very own apartment by a generous TikToker.
Jewelry designer and philanthropist Isaiah Garza is passionate about helping the homeless, and has shared several videos documenting his generosity — but his most recent stunt was the most incredible one yet.
In December, he uploaded three videos showing how he surprised a woman named Robin Clayton on Skid Row to tell her that he got her a new apartment — and then sweetened the deal by taking her shopping.
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Hard times: Robin Clayton, who lived on Skid Row in LA, has been homeless for ten years after escaping an abusive relationship
Generous: Jewelry designer and philanthropist Isaiah Garza regularly helps the homeless and struck up a friendship with Robin
Surprise! In December, he pulled up and told her that he’d gotten her an apartment
Wait for it… Isaiah had raised funds online, including through a GoFundMe page
Isaiah has come to know Robin pretty well since he started visiting her in August, and has stopped by several times to say hello and offer her gifts.
According to Fox 11, when he first noticed her, she was barefoot — so he asked her shoe size and returned with a new pair of shoes.
Since then, he has taken her shopping, brought her food, and even bought her a cell phone. He has also taken her out for dinner, and on one occasion, he booked her an appointment to get her nails done and her hair braided.
But in December, he outdid himself. Using donations he’d gathered from social media, GoFundMe, and his jewelry sales, he was able to pay for an apartment for Robin to live in, getting her off the streets after a decade of homelessness.
In the first of three videos documenting the surprise, Isaiah pulled up to the street where Robin lived, surrounded by piles of garbage.
She seemed excited to see him, walking over his car to say hello — which is where he handed her a gift bag with keys inside
Incredible: Robin was excited and emotional when she walked into her new digs
Taking it in: She sat on her new sofa for a bit to soak in the moment
All set: Isaiah furnished the studio apartment with a bed, sheets, a sofa, a mini fridge, a coffee table, and a television
‘I got you an apartment,’ he tells her.
In disbelief, Robin turns and appears on the verge of tears as she tells him, ‘You’re crazy.’
He blindfolds her before entering the apartment to drum up the big reveal, and when he removes it, she is thrilled.
‘I love it!’ she says with a cheer.
Isaiah pans the camera around to show that he also furnished the studio apartment with a bed, sheets, a sofa, a mini fridge, a coffee table, and a television.
He even decorated with throw pillows, wall art, a plant, and Christmas stockings.
‘Oh my god, thank you so much,’ a teary-eyed Robin says
Say cheese! Isaiah also a gave her a framed photograph of the two of them
‘Oh my god, thank you so much,’ a teary-eyed Robin says in the first video, which has been viewed over 68 million times.
In another clip, when Isaiah tells Robin she has her own bed now, Robin says excitedly: ‘Oh my god, it is so nice!’
He also shows off a framed photograph of the two of them.
Finally, in the most recent video, he adds that he is going to top it all off with a thousand-dollar shopping spree.
He rented a Ferrari for the occasion, and the two don matching sweatshirts — which he designed — to go to Target, where he picks her up some clothes, shoes, a warm coat, toiletries, bedding, and a lamp.
Robin tells him she feels ‘so happy,’ adding: ‘This is the best Christmas I’ve ever had.’
Home sweet home! Robin sits cozy in her new apartment
Entertainment: She has a television and can watch TV for the first time in years
Beyond covering the cost of the apartment, Isaiah hopes the donations can help get her food, a car, healthcare, and help starting a business
On his website, Isaiah describes himself as a ‘jewelry designer, philanthropist, public speaker, singer & tiktoker’ whose designs have been worn by Cardi B, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, and Khloe Kardashian.
He says his brand mission is to ‘make a global change, and ‘for every unit sold we give back to human trafficking victims, families in need & homeless in LA.’
He’s managed to raise additional funds to help the homeless through donations.
Robin, in particular, has become a fixture of his TikTok page, and on GoFundMe, fans have donated over $58,000 to help her get back on her feet.
‘She has struggled her entire life,’ he explained. ‘She lost her child when her daughter was only two years old and has been a victim of abuse.
‘She was forced out on the streets trying to escape the abuse & ended up just staying on the streets.’
Vroom! Finally, in the most recent video, he adds that he is going to top it all off with a thousand-dollar shopping spree in a Ferrari
Shop ’til they drop: The pair go to Target, where he picks her up some clothes, shoes, a warm coat, toiletries, bedding, and a lamp
Thrilling: Robin said she is ‘really overwhelmed with all of’ her recent good fortune
Beyond covering the cost of the apartment, Isaiah hopes the donations can help get her food, a car, healthcare, and help starting a business.
‘She just has a way of making you smile whenever you’re around her. She’s hilarious,’ Isaiah told KABC.
For her part, Robin said she is ‘really overwhelmed with all of’ her recent good fortune.
‘Due to my past, the things that I’ve been through and just conquering all of that and being able to just be here today is a miracle. Based, you know, from where I came from,’ she said.
‘I’m a strong believer in prayer and I had prayed the day that I met him because I was having financial problems and it was God sent and it just means the world to me,’ she added.