MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thousands of people donated money to a teen after a stranger posted a story about how the boy offered to carry a his groceries in exchange for food went viral.
Memphis resident Matt White wrote a Facebook post on June 10 about Chauncy Jones who was at Kroger supermarket. Jones approached him and offered to carry his grocery bags in exchange for a box of glazed doughnuts.
“He looked ashamed, hungry and broken,” White wrote in the post.
White agreed and the two began talking. Jones told White he lived with his mother and this was his only chance to get food that day. White ended up buying bags of groceries for him.
“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. Jones 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,” White said.
White created a GoFundMe for Jones three days later.
“I’ve created this go fund me page to help Jones have that chance. It starts small. A simple act of kindness, but it can ripple out and create an ocean of prosperity in the world,” White wrote on the GoFundMe page.
White said Jones did not have an ID to apply for jobs, but liked mowing lawns. He asked donors for $250 to help Chauncy get a lawn mower to start working.
He also asked people to help out buying some clothes and furniture to help Jones furnish his home he shares with his disabled mother.
Nearly 10,000 of people donated to the GoFundMe, raising more than $234,000 for the teen by Sunday morning. Someone commented saying they may have a job for Jones and one even said he would like to buy a lawn mower the teen.
White said he is so overwhelmed by the support Jones and his mom have received.
“I started by asking for $250 to get Chauncy a lawn mower, lol!!! Oh my goodness !!! People have been showering Chauncy and his mother in an ocean of love and support. At this rate, I have started talking to some people about helping find them a house of there own!!!”