The Short of It
A Tennessee teen's whole life was changed after he offered to carry a stranger's groceries in exchange for food.
Matt White was approached by a teenager while shopping at Kroger. He introduced himself as Chauncy Jones and offered to help carry White's grocery bags in exchange for a pack of glazed doughnuts.
"This kid looked like he had been turned down 100 times," White explained in a now-viral post on Facebook. "He looked ashamed, hungry and broken."
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16-year-old Jones told White he was waiting to take the bus and was depending on the grace of a stranger to feed him within the hour before the bus left. So White took him on a shopping spree.
"We had so much fun!" he recalled. "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. 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. [He] 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."
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So much so, that White decided to give Jones a ride home. "He and his mom had nothing," White said in his post. "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. As we unpacked the food into their kitchen, you could see the hope coming back into Chauncy's eyes. He knew he wasn't going to be hungry. He looked like a kid again."
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With so much darkness in the world today, it's amazing to hear a story like this. After White's post went viral, he decided to help Jones and his mother, who is disabled, even more by creating a "Chauncey's Chance" GoFundMe page in order to raise money to buy Jones an ID so he can apply for jobs and a lawnmower so he can work by mowing people's lawns.
Thanks to the generosity and kindness of strangers, they've raised over $280,000 so far! And White is now dreaming of helping Jones and his mom buy a house.