When Cameron Nelson went into the Chick Fil-A in Avon, Indiana, to order because the drive-thru line was too long, he was shocked at what he saw.
Nelson discovered Jakeem Tyler, a teen who works at the restaurant, continuing to work the register even though he was wearing a neck brace and his arm was in a sling. When Nelson asked Jakeem what had happened, he said that he had been in a car accident, but continued to work because he needed the money, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"For anyone to work in those conditions is commendable," said Nelson in a post about the encounter on Facebook, "but it's amazing for someone in his generation to have that type of work ethic."
Jakeem told Nelson that he needed to keep working to save up money for Christmas, and that he also wanted to help feed the homeless over the holidays, WXIN reports.
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Nelson opened a crowdfunding page for Jakeem and his cause to feed the homeless, which raised over $5,200. Nelson updated his previous Facebook post to say that he had gotten in touch with Jakeem's parents to let them know how they can get the money for their son.
Commenters online praised Jakeem's work ethic.
"I also have been served by Jakeem. He helped me out to my car with a large sandwich order... This was two months ago, but I remember him because he made a great impression," said one reader. "Polite, professional, genuine... I'm sorry to hear he was in an accident and I hope Cameron Nelson is able to get a donation to him! Awesome idea!!"
"I know this young man personally," said another commenter. "He is my daughter's friend and he is an awesome young man!!" The reader added that Jakeem is "always respectful."
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After the crowdfunding campaign reached its goal, Nelson thanked everyone for their donations and for spreading the word about Jakeem and his cause. "I truly appreciate everyone's help," said Nelson. "The likes, the shares & the comments truly got the word out & will help tremendously."