Some people will do anything to advance in life. An adolescent chose to face his fate rather than wait for it to happen to him. He set out for the “rich” area of town with only a bus pass and no money in hand. He knew he had to do something he had never done before.
In the Highland Kroger, Chauncey Black approached a stranger with a request that would change his life.
Chauncy Black, 16, was dealt a hand that most of us could never imagine. He lived with his mother, but he didn’t have enough food to eat. The poor kid was famished! He went to the only place he could think of with plenty of food: a Kroger grocery store in a posh neighborhood.
Chauncy scraped together enough change for a bus pass that would get him there and back. He planned to give work in exchange for a mouthful of food.
He had no idea that a chance encounter with a stranger would forever alter the course of his life.
In the Kroger grocery store, Chauncy asked a stranger if he could carry his groceries to the car in exchange for a pack of doughnuts. He is, after all, a teenager!
Matt White was moved by the young man’s request.
He appeared embarrassed, hungry, and bereft, as if he had been turned down a hundred times. I screamed a loud “yes!” in my head, but all I replied to him was, “Yeah man, we’ll grab you some doughnuts.”
Chauncy had no phone, only a bus pass, and a starving mother at home, as Matt discovered soon after. A stranger fed Chauncy before his bus arrived in less than an hour.
Matt wouldn’t just hand over a single pack of donuts to the teen and call it a day. The kid clearly needed help. How could he ignore this? Chauncy was then given various items to carry home to his mother by the Good Samaritan.
We went on a shopping spree together.” We had a blast! A little bit of everything, cereal, chips, frozen vegetables, pizza, Cheetos, melons, and spaghetti, peanut butter, milk, soap, and toothbrushes.”
The entrepreneurial youngster was a straight-A student trying to get a job to help his mother pay rent while they went shopping for all the goods Chauncy and his mother needed to live.
“This kid was amazing. Chauncy continued to refer to himself as poor, but he promised me that one day he would be wealthy and own his own business, enabling him to help others in his area by buying groceries for them, as I did. He was speechless.
Despite Chauncy’s difficult start in life, he had high hopes of helping others in need.
When Chauncey returned home, he and his mentally ill mother were stunned by the stranger’s kindness.
“I gave him a ride home so he wouldn’t have to use the bus, and when we arrived at his house, I felt humbled. He wasn’t joking. He and his mother were penniless. They had no beds or furniture in the room. They slept on sleeping bag pads, had two lanterns, and had no refrigerator.”
Matt could tell Chauncy’s mother was in poor health from the way she trembled and struggled to move.
Chauncy’s eyes glowed with optimism as he and Matt unpacked the food. It was as though he had reverted to being a typical youngster.
“As I was leaving, I embraced him and told him how much God loved him, and that he was going to be a great guy.” That hug will never be forgotten. It meant more to me than anything else.”
“Goodbye” was not the end of this lovely story. Matt didn’t just leave Chauncy with a bag of groceries that day. To raise funds for this family’s essentials, he created a GoFundMe campaign.
Chauncy also needed a $10 Ross gift card for his mother. His dirty clothes made him feel embarrassed. Chauncy didn’t just get a $10 gift card; $341K was raised to help this family with their basic needs. In addition, Chauncy was able to purchase the equipment he needed to start his own lawn-mowing business.
Additionally, he would be able to sleep in a proper bed for the first time.
Foreigners’ goodwill never ceases to amaze me. Matt not only helped Chauncy and his mother, but the outpouring of support on social media was also admirable. While Chauncy received a significant amount of money on his behalf, he felt compelled to start his own company so that he could help others and be self-sufficient. How wonderful!