A teenager in Memphis, Tennessee has had a hard life, but thanks to one stranger that is all changing. Chauncey Jones Black, 16, encountered a man named Matt White on June 10. He wanted to help White with his groceries in exchange for some donuts.
White explained what happened in a Facebook post:
White begins by calling Black the most "inspiring person ever." That night, Black went to what he called the "rich people's Kroger" to help load groceries in hopes of receiving food.
White found out that both Black and his mother have nothing; he was trying to get food but he had no money. His previous attempts at loading groceries had failed.
White then took Black on a "shopping spree" in the store and bought food for him and his mother. When he took Black home, he realized how destitute the two were.
"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," White wrote in his post.
While Black was so unfortunate, he told White he had big dreams. He was a straight-A student and was searching for a job to help him and his mother. Eventually, he wanted to become an entrepreneur, but did not know how to get there.
White decided to help the teen. He set up a GoFundMe entitled "Chauncey's Chance." The original goal of raising $250 to buy him a lawnmower so he could start landscaping for money.
The fund, however, has exceeded that goal by tens of thousands. As of Friday morning, over $60,000 has been raised.
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In an update posted on June 24 White wrote, " It's beyond words. I didn't know this much love could exist in one place, be aimed in one direction, but seen and felt and empowered by so many people."
He also said that the Black family are moving to a "beautiful" temporary house and Black's mother will receive teeth surgery.
Through Black's will and White's kindness, this teen's life may have changed forever.