This teenage boy pleaded for a bag of donuts, but the response he got was more than any of his wildest dreams.
Matt White, a Memphis man, had no idea that the day would turn out to be special for him. He was shopping in his local Kroger store when a teenage boy approached him. The then-16-year-old teenager, Chauncy Jones, came to the “rich people’s Kroger” with the hope that he would get something to eat.
Chauncy asked him if he could help Matt with his grocery bag to the car, and all he wanted in return was a pack of glazed donuts. Matt was heartbroken by the request, and he chose to help Chauncy in a bigger way.
Love it!!!!!!Here is the official (unfinished) Chauncy's Chance page), THANK YOU!!!!
Matt brought a bit of everything from toothbrushes to cereals for Chauncy. It was a shopping spree they both enjoyed. He also went to his home and did all he could do to support the poor teen. Matt shared the story on his Facebook page, and it quickly went viral.
I cannot tell you how in love I am with this city!!! God just keeps reaching out to Chauncy, sending him one opportunity…
Photo we took for our interview with People Magazine!!! LOL Best part, I left for the store and Chauncy knew we had to…
On his Facebook page, Matt posted:
“I just met the most inspiring person ever. His name is Chauncy Jones. He’s a 16 year old from Memphis … 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.
“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”. I asked him if he was by himself and he said that he had come all the way out here with the hopes of someone buying him something to eat because he and his mother had nothing at home. 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.”
I just met the most inspiring person ever. His name is Chauncy Jones. He's a 16 year old from Memphis. He had taken the…
“So, needless to say, 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. 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.
“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.”
“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. Nothing. His mother was so sweet but very fragile. 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.”
Though this heartwarming incident occurred in 2016, it surely reminds us that no act of kindness, no matter how small it is, gets wasted.
Hahaha!!! Forgot I had this one!! And no, Chauncy does not wear glasses, but I really wish he did. He looks like a chemist. One that works for the corporate taste labs of Krispy Kreme. LOL!
“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. 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. I’ll never forget that hug. It meant more to me than any possession I have. Our God is an awesome God, and we can never be thankful enough for the blessings we have.”
Today is Chauncy's 16th birthday and guess what he requested? Donuts! …and video games.
Matt launched a GoFundMe to raise money to buy the boy a lawn mower so that he could use it to make money and support his mom. The story went viral, and more than US$300,000 was raised for Chauncy and his mother.
“As of today, Barbara and Chauncy have a new life. God has provided for them a home, a car, a new school, he has restored Barbara’s health and continues to present them with endless opportunities for the future. Every dollar donated to Chauncy’s Chance was put into a protected trust that will provide them a secure future for decades. In every sense of the word, God has provided,” Matt posted an update on the GoFundMe page.
Let’s hope that the boy and his mom can enjoy a better life from now on, and that brave Chauncy can make good use of all the donations that he got from kind people from around the world. For sure, one act of kindness goes a long way!
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