MEMPHIS, Tenn. – An impoverished teenager and his mother are about to move into a new, fully furnished home, thanks to the help of a total stranger.
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Chauncy Jones Black, 16, has lived a difficult life. He and his mother often struggle for money and food is hard to come by.
One Saturday in June, he was so hungry he decided to take a trip to Kroger, in hopes that a stranger would buy something for him to eat.
Chauncy spotted Matt White, a complete stranger, and offered to carry the his groceries in exchange for a few donuts.
White said looking at Chauncy broke his heart.
“This kid looked like he had been turned down 100 times,” wrote White on Facebook. “He looked ashamed, hungry and broken.”
Matt agreed and treated Chauncy to a shopping spree, buying frozen produce and plenty of food for the hungry teenager.
Matt learned Chauncy is a straight A high school student. He works odd jobs to help his mom pay rent.
At the end of the shopping trip, Matt drove Chauncy back home, so he wouldn’t have to take the bus.
Matt’s heart sank when he saw the boy’s living conditions.
The family had nothing. Chauncy didn’t even have a bed to sleep in. He and his mother slept on sleeping bags on the floor.
Matt stayed in touch with Chauncy and promised to help him find work mowing lawns.
He started a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise about $200 to buy Chauncy a lawn mower.
In just two weeks, the page has raised more than $247,000.
Recently, Matt gave Chauncy and his mom the best news yet: they had raised enough money to buy the family a new home.
The new home is fully furnished and in a safer neighborhood.
“I don’t know what to say, what to do,” mom Barbara Martin told WHBQ. “Chauncy told me not to cry, but I might break down in tears.”
Matt hopes this story will inspire other to help those in need. More than 47 percent of kids in Memphis, Tennessee live in poverty, just like Chauncy.