A Tennessee teenager who was going hungry, along with his mother, decided to do something plucky at a supermarket to get some food. Little did he know he would receive the help of a kind stranger who'd be the means of raising $340,000 for him and his mother.
Chauncy Black, 16, and his mentally ill mother had little money to buy food and and were living in a home with hardly any furniture when the teenager decided on June 11, 2016, he would head to the "rich" part of town with only a bus pass and no money.
At a Kroger grocery store in the Highland neighborhood of Memphis, he approached a stranger and offered to carry his grocery bags to his car in exchange for a box of doughnuts, Faith Tap reports.
The stranger, Matt White, 30, a Memphis-based singer and songwriter, later wrote of the moment: "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.'"
White later learned that Chauncy had no phone or money, just a limited buss pass.
Touched, White proceeded to fill up the cart with groceries just for Chauncy and his mother.
"He and I went on a shopping spree. We had so much fun! We got cereal and chips and frozen veggies, pizzas, Cheetos, melons and pasta, peanut butter, milk, soap, tooth brushes, just a little bit of everything," White said.
As they shopped, Matt found out that the young man was making straight A's in school and was desperate to get a job to help his mother.
White commented that he found the "kid [to be] amazing. [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."
The Good Samaritan stranger offered Chauncy a ride home and discovered a sad living situation when he walked into the house.
"I gave him a ride home so that he didn't have to take the bus and when we got to his house I was truly humbled. He wasn't kidding. 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."
White described Barbara Black, Chauncy's mother, as medically weak -- she was shaking uncontrollably and had problems walking. She used to iron clothes for a living until she was no longer able to physically, People reports.
"It was very humbling. I just felt an overwhelming desire to help," White said.
White proceeded to create a Facebook page for his new friend named Chauncy's Chance along with a GoFundMe page.
Within five weeks, contributors donated a total of $340,000 to the Black family.
The generous gift changed the lives of Chauncy and his mother.
The family is looking to buy a new home with a part of the money, and save the rest for Chauncy's future college education.
"I’m so grateful -- people have been wonderful," Chauncy said. “Me and Matt White are pretty much family now.”