Colin Kaepernick spent his birthday feeding, helping homeless in Oakland

In the children’s book “Zen Shorts,” the panda protagonist, Stillwater, has an uncle that believes in giving to others on his birthday. He has everything he needs, the uncle believes, so he enjoys giving small gifts to others on his birthday.

We don’t know if Colin Kaepernick has read the story, but he clearly has a similar belief.

Kaepernick spends birthday giving to others

Sunday was Kaepernick’s 32nd birthday, and while NFL owners have ensured he wouldn’t be using his football talents to help a team, he did something that was far more meaningful.

With his organization Know Your Rights Camp, Kaepernick joined forces with People’s Breakfast Oakland to care for those experiencing homelessness in the California city.

The Al Pastor Papi food truck provided meals, Know Your Rights handed out 200 backpacks filled with items like socks, hygiene kits and breathing masks, and there were staff on hand from Freedom Community Clinic to do blood pressure screenings and provide healing ear acupressure.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick speaks at a news conference after the team's NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Colin Kaepernick and Nessa Diab attend the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Colin Kaepernick attends the 2017 ACLU SoCal's Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Former NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick poses with guests after receiving the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018 in Amsterdam, Saturday April 21, 2018. Kaepernick became a controversial figure when refusing to stand for the national anthem, instead he knelt to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Former NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick poses with guests after receiving the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018 in Amsterdam, Saturday April 21, 2018. Kaepernick became a controversial figure when refusing to stand for the national anthem, instead he knelt to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Colin Kaepernick, right, and his mother Teresa Kaepernick arrive at the 3rd annual "Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Colin Kaepernick, left and Eric Reid look watch Serena Williams play Venus Williams during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Palm trees frame a large billboard on top of a Nike store that shows former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Union Square, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in San Francisco. An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick applauds while seated on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick is among eight recipients of Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Colin Kaepernick, right, and Nessa attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Colin Kaepernick, left, and Nessa Diab are seen on stage at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, June 2, 2019, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
Colin Kaepernick reacts after watching Naomi Osaka, of Japan, defeat Magda Linette, of Poland during the second round of the US Open tennis championships Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
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At one point while they were in the tent city, Kaepernick was presented with a cake and serenaded with Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday.”

Gwen Woods, the mother of Mario Woods, was among those present. Mario Woods was killed by San Francisco police in 2015; Kaepernick said in a magazine interview this year that Woods’ death inspired him to start Know Your Rights Camp with his longtime partner, Nessa Diab.

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