A Memphis man is helping a teenager support himself and his mother after learning he had no furniture in his home and no food in his refrigerator (video below).
When Matt White went grocery shopping on June 10, he was approached by 16-year-old Chauncy Jones Black with an unusual proposition, WREG reported.
“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,” White wrote in a Facebook post. “This kid looked like he had been turned down 100 times. He looked ashamed, hungry and broken.”
Chauncy explained to White that he lived with his mother, and they had nothing.
“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 continued. “So, needless to say, he and I went on a shopping spree.”
White bought Chauncy “cereal and chips and frozen veggies, pizzas, Cheetos, melons and pasta, peanut butter, milk, soap, tooth brushes,” and “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,” White wrote. “This kid was 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.”
White drove Chauncy back home to help him unload the groceries. When they arrived, White realized that the boy wasn’t lying about his living conditions
“They didn't even have beds or furniture,” White wrote. “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 added. “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. I thought I was going to cry.”
White wrote that Chauncy “looked like a kid again” as they unloaded the groceries.
“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,” White added. “I'll never forget that hug. It meant more to me than any possession I have.”
But White didn’t stop there. He started a GoFundMe page to help Chauncy and his mother. The page has raised more than $68,000 in just 10 days.
“What so many can take for granted, he wants,” White wrote on the GoFundMe page description. “He wants food, he wants a bed, he wants to work and he wants a chance.”
White also started recording videos of Chauncy to help him find work. People in the community have already begun offering Chauncy jobs, and others are helping the teenager and his mother relocate to a safer neighborhood.
“I am blown away how God has used the power of their story to provide so much already for them,” White wrote. “I pray that he will continue to do so and that we will have all the funds and resources we need to secure Chauncy and his mom for the rest of their lives.”