Poor and hungry, 16-year-old Chauncy Jones Black offered to help people bring groceries to their car in exchange for some donuts but most ignored the teen and refused to even let him touch their grocery cart.
Downtrodden and hungry, the teen continued to try his luck with what he calls the “rich people’s Kroger” on Highland in Memphis, Tennessee (US) and was running out of time because his bus was about to leave in 30 minutes. Then, he chanced on a guy named Matt White.
“I just met the most inspiring person ever. His name is Chauncy Jones. He’s a 16 year old from Memphis. He had taken the bus at 9:00 at night to get to the “rich people’s Kroger” on Highland as he called it. He approached me while I was shopping for produce asking if he could help me carry my grocery bags to my car in exchange for buying him a pack of glazed donuts,” Matt would later reveal in a Facebook post.
“This kid looked like he had been turned down 100 times. He looked ashamed, hungry and broken. In my heart I screamed a loud “yes!”, but to him I just chuckled and said, “yeah dude, we’ll get you some donuts”. I asked him if he was by himself and he said that he had come all the way out here with the hopes of someone buying him something to eat because he and his mother had nothing at home,” Matt added.
He also revealed, “He had no phone, a bus pass, and he was depending on the graces of a stranger to feed him within the hour before the bus left. So, needless to say, he and I went on a shopping spree. We had so much fun!”
And Chauncy’s good fortune has just began…
Matt not only paid for Chauncy’s groceries, the kind guy also allowed the teen to ride in his car and bring him home. He was shocked to discover what Chauncy told him about being ‘poor’ and ‘having nothing’ was quite literal! Chauncy and his mom absolutely have nothing and were only sleeping on pads made of sleeping bags. There was nothing in the fridge and there were no furniture in their house.
Matt also discovered that Chauncy’s mother appears to have some mental/physical disability that had her shaking and experiencing trouble walking. But it was Chauncy’s extreme happiness that touched him; when he had to go, the teen gave him a big hug.
He would later share the humbling experience on Facebook where it went viral. Matt did not just ask for donations for the family but also for people to give Chauncy a chance by giving him jobs, no matter how small these jobs might be just so the teen can help his mother financially.
People would soon offer to help the family, not just with money and groceries but with other stuff they needed for their house. Seeing how lots of people were willing to help Chauncy and his mother, Matt set up a GoFundMe campaign. The campaign has raised close to $328k of its current goal of $330k.
Matt has been an angel in disguise for the teen and his mom. What a beautiful story…