A Tennessee teen has gone viral after his efforts to secure food for his family caught the attention of a social media user who made sure America knew just what this young man was doing.
According to WXIN-TV, 16-year-old Chauncy Jones Black approached Matt White inside a Kroger in Memphis and asked him if he could carry his bags in exchange for a bit of food — specifically, glazed donuts that White was carrying.
“This kid looked like he had been turned down 100 times,” White wrote in a June 9 post to Facebook. “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.’”
The two began talking, which is when the 16-year-old explained why he’d come all the way out to what he called the “rich people’s Kroger.”
“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,” White wrote. “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.”
White knew he had to do something for the teen.
“So, needless to say, he and I went on a shopping spree,” White wrote. “We had so much fun! We got cereal and chips and frozen veggies, pizzas, Cheetos, melons and pasta, peanut butter, milk, soap, toothbrushes, just a little bit of everything. All the while we talked and he told me how he makes straight A’s in school and is trying to get a job to help his mom pay rent.
“This kid was amazing,” White added. “Chauncy kept calling himself poor, but he told me that one day he was gonna be wealthy and own his own businesses so that he could help other people in his neighborhood and buy them groceries like me. I was in awe.”
White then drove Chauncy home, where he saw that the teen wasn’t exaggerating the situation.
“He and his mom had nothing. They didn’t even have beds or furniture. They were sleeping on pads made out of sleeping bags, they had two lamps and nothing in their fridge. Nothing.
His mother was so sweet but very fragile,” White explained. “I couldn’t tell what it was, but she had some sort of physical and/ or mental disability that made her shake and made walking difficult.”
“As we unpacked the food into their kitchen, you could see the hope coming back into Chauncy’s eyes,” he continued. “He knew he wasn’t going to be hungry. He looked like a kid again. As I was leaving I gave him a hug and told him how much God loved him and that he was going to grow up to be an incredible man.
“I’ll never forget that hug. It meant more to me than any possession I have,” White concluded. “Our God is an awesome God, and we can never be thankful enough for the blessings we have.”
You can read White’s entire comments here:
White also created a video interview of Black to help him look for work cutting grass, washing cars and doing whatever yard or handyman work needs to be done. He also described some of his current needs, explaining that he hadn’t received new clothes to wear in three years.
He also hoped to get some sort of mattress. “I’m just trying to get off the floor,” he said.
Watch this video if you want to see a young man in need who nevertheless doesn’t seem to feel the least bit entitled to anything:
It’s raised over $210,000 in just 11 days, which will buy quite a nice lawnmower. Our hats are off to you, Mr. Black. We know you’re going to go far.
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