While some 21-year-olds prefer to bring in their exciting birthday by throwing the hugest party at the most popular club with their closest friends. Or if you’re Selena Gomez, by throwing multiple parties and having your famous ex-boyfriend surprise you in front of everyone.

Well, Demi Lovato isn’t just anybody. She turned the big 2-1 last Tuesday and she celebrated her big day by donating her time to help those in need in Africa. We’re feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!

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Explaining why she decided to donate her time on her birthday, Demi explained, “With 21 being a milestone birthday, I wanted a memorable and meaningful way to celebrate rather than a big birthday bash. I knew… volunteering with Free the Children would give me the opportunity to have a life-changing experience I would never forget, with people closest to me.”

Teaming up with Free the Children in Africa, Demi offered her hard labor to the organization which focuses on international child development. During her time, she helped build a new school in Kenya, volunteered in the communities and was given a traditional African birthday present – a goat.

Yup, Demi got a furry goat for her birthday. Forget shots! “Btw… So big deal or anything but… One of Maasai communities gave me a GOAT for birthday!!!!!! I named billy.”

What do you think about how Demi celebrated her birthday?

How would you celebrate your 21st birthday?