Hungry teen met an angel

Matt White, Chauncy Jones Black and Barbara Black COURTESY MATT WHITE

Matt White, Chauncy Jones Black and Barbara Black COURTESY MATT WHITE

16-year-old Chauncy Black offered to carry a stranger’s groceries to the car in exchange for some food for him and his mom. What happened next will tug at your heartstrings…

That stranger, Matt White, decided to help Chauncy — and formed an unlikely bond with the teen. Within two weeks, Matt raised more than $300,000 to support him and his disabled mother. They won’t just buy new groceries with the money, they’ll also move into a new house.

“When Chauncy approached me, it just tugged at my heart,” Matt told ABC News. “Here comes Chauncy, just trying to get food for him and his mom off of the grace of other people. When I looked at him and saw what he was doing and what he was asking for, I said he was my hero.”

So Matt setup a GoFundMe page for Chauncy. The heartwarming appeal touched millions of hearts on the Internet, and gathered over 8,900 shares in a matter of weeks.

“Chauncy is a straight A student who is doing his best to make it in a world with no money and very few resources,” Matt explained on the site. “He wants to work and help his mother financially.”

Matt’s original Facebook post, sharing his story, also gained over 10,000 likes.

“Chauncy came up to me at the Kroger here in Memphis, and he had taken a bus in from South Memphis just hoping that someone would buy him some food,” Matt added.

Matt said Chauncy initially asked him for donuts, but he knew the hungry teen needed more than that.

“So we just went aisle by aisle and he told me his story — about him and his mom — and we just went through the store and got him his necessities, about a week’s worth of groceries,” Matt told ABC News. “He missed the bus, so I drove him back to his house, and I saw what he and his mom lived in, and just how much the groceries meant to them.”

Then, he went home and posted the story on Facebook.

Matt had no idea the story would go viral, but he’s inspired by the outpouring of love. He wants to encourage others to “look for Chauncys out there, look for them and their stories.”

“The focus of this is not me and what I did, because I really didn’t do anything,” Matt added. “I just captured a story and put it online — but our community, Memphis, picked up this family and put them on a platform.”

Chauncy said his favorite subject in school is math, and when he grows up, he wants to be a business owner. In the summer, he plans to launch a lawn-mowing business to help support his mom.




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