NBA rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and his brother Rhalir wanted to fulfill their lifelong dream of buying their mother Rylanda a house — and they did!
After searching the market for a little while, they found a house they described as “the perfect fit” and proceeded to make a deal. Rondae shared their reason for buying the home with the seller and she was moved to tears — so moved that she even bought a cake for Rylanda!
The best part is that the entire process was captured on video for The New York Post as part of Rondae’s ongoing diary series.
Check out an excerpt of Rondae’s diary describing the whole process:
We were searching for the house for a while. My brother, the realtor, my uncle and a couple others were looking at houses and telling me about it, and I thought this one was the perfect fit.
When I told the woman who owned the house why we were buying it, she cried. Being a mom, she understood what it meant more than us guys do. It was an emotional moment, and then she said, “We can make this happen.” They even bought my mom a cake!
We had a lot of our close family and friends and relatives at the house to surprise her. My sister was driving my mom to the house, and we told her to just knock on the door and ask for one of your friends.
The realtor opened the door and said, “Oh, who are you looking for?” When my mom said the name, the realtor said, “Oh, OK, come in.” Then everyone popped out and said, “Surprise!” and me and my brother had the cake, and she just started crying. To actually be able to show her the house and stuff on her birthday, it was a dream come true. It was a blessing.
She said it was her best birthday ever. That’s huge for me and my brother, and my uncle, who is like a brother to us. … That’s big in our eyes, to be able to do that. Being able to change your mom’s life, to be able to put her in a comfortable situation. … It makes that feeling in your heart go to ease.
Instead of worrying about where your mom is going, what she’s doing, it puts you at ease knowing she has a place of her own, and that she has somewhere to lay her head at night. It’s pretty special.
Now, grab some tissue and watch the surprise in action below.