When Hector Kansi proposed to his now wife Nonhlanhla at a South African KFC, he didn’t realize a video capturing the moment was being filmed through a window of the chain restaurant. Now, the heartwarming video is going viral, and complete strangers are offering to help them have their dream wedding.
The sweet moment was shared with KFC South Africa by the stealthy videographer, and the chain shared the video on Twitter in hopes of identifying the happy couple.
Kansi and his betrothed were soon identified, and another viral request on their behalf was made.
“I just spoke to Mr Kansi re his #KFCProposal. He’d like to have a small event to celebrate his wife but budget is tight,” tweets a friend of Kansi who plans to manage their ceremony. “We need a venue, dress, suit, cake and food.”
Companies and strangers alike responded with a tsunami of offers.
Coca-Cola offered to sponsor the wedding’s soft drinks, Rain South Africa offered the couple unlimited data for one year, another business is donating a 42-inch TV, SONY is giving them two 3-D movie tickets and complimentary popcorn, a woman offered to make the pair traditional outfits for the event and one man who runs a jewelry company offered to make their rings.
“They deserve Rose Gold with diamonds,” he writes.
The offers kept pouring in for their post-wedding festivities, too. A train company offered free rides to Cape Town for the honeymoon. Audi South Africa offered them a ride. And then an airline offered free flights and five nights of accommodations. There were so many complimentary offers, a spreadsheet needed to be compiled. One Facebook user put screenshots of all the offers in one place, framing the outpouring of kindness against one social media Debbie Downer who initially mocked the proposal.
The couple are overwhelmed with gratitude.
“This is a lot to process so they’ve asked for time to figure out their next moves,” writes Kansi’s friend and wedding emcee. “[They] are beside themselves.”