The south Memphis teen is now one step closer to achieving his dream of owning his own landscaping business.
Matt White, 30, a good Samaritan raised over $300,000 for a struggling teen who tried to provide for himself and his mother by begging for donuts in a grocery store parking lot.
It began when Matthew White, local musician who met Chauncy Black in a Kroger parking lot. The teen asked for a pack of donuts in exchange for helping load Matthew’s grocery’s into his car.
White recounted his encounter with 16-year-old Chauncy Jones over Facebook last June.
“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,” White wrote. “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.”
The two were complete strangers, but Matthew took Chauncy up on his offer and then they went on a grocery shopping spree. When he drove the teen home, Matthew realized Chauncy and his mother were living in extreme poverty.
“As we unpacked the food into their kitchen, you could see the hope coming back into Chauncy’s eyes,” wrote White. “He knew he wasn’t going to be hungry. He looked like a kid again.”
He decided to set up a GoFundMe account to help the family, and it has raised more than $338,000 in a matter of months. The incredible, heartwarming story captured the attention of the nation.
The money will be used to save up for a college education and to buy a new house for the Jones and his mother.
“Words can’t express my gratitude — I’m pinching myself,” Jones’ mother Barbara told People. “I thought nobody cared anymore. But I see now that they do.”
Barbara revealed that she lived on disability to raise her seven adopted children. She suffers from a number of health problems — including blood clots and diabetes — making it hard for her to work.
She and her son are incredibly grateful to White, saying that his kindness will never be forgotten.
“He’s family, that’s what he is,” said Barbara. “He’s in our lives forever now. He’s family.”