Instead of begging for money, 16 year old Chauncey Jones Black, chose to offer his services in exchange for some food at a Tennessee Kroger. One day as he went about his usual business, he saw a man, by the name, Matt White, he asked him if he could help carry his groceries in exchange for a box of doughnuts. White was taken aback by the boy’s willingness to work for what he needed. Speaking to FOX59, White said, “He looked ashamed, hungry and broken.”
On a Facebook post, White further explained, “He had taken the bus at 9:00 at night to get to the ‘rich people’s Kroger’ on Highland as he called it. He approached me while I was shopping for produce asking if he could help me carry my grocery bags to my car in exchange for buying him a pack of glazed donuts. This kid looked like he had been turned down 100 times.”
On further probing, White found out that whatever Chauncey was given to eat that day would be the only thing he and his mother had to eat. White said, “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 offered to buy Chauncey a loadful of groceries and offered to take him home as well. While there he learned that Chauncey barely had any furniture in his home and slept on the floor.
White wrote, “They didn’t even have beds or furniture. They were sleeping on pads made out of sleeping bags, they had two lamps and nothing in their fridge. Nothing. His mother was so sweet but very fragile. I couldn’t tell what it was, but she had some sort of physical and/ or mental disability that made her shake and made walking difficult. I thought I was going to cry. As we unpacked the food into their kitchen, you could see the hope coming back into Chauncy’s eyes. He knew he wasn’t going to be hungry. He looked like a kid again.”
White started a GoFundMe campaign, titled Chauncy’s Chance, for Chauncey that first aimed to get him a lawnmower so that he could eventually start his own landscaping business. The page ended up raising $341,976 of it’s $345,000 goal.
According to People, the money will go toward a college education, a new home for Chauncy, his mom and her six other children, as well as a lawnmower. Chauncey also got other donations in form of clothing and even CDs. Chauncey was also offered a job by a local lawn care company who said they’d eventually hand the business down to Chauncy.
Chauncy also has interest in aviation and in becoming a restaurateur. Speaking to PEOPLE, he said, “I want to do it all, but most of all, I dream about buying me a restaurant someday so my mom can cook anything she wants. It’ll be a soul food restaurant, and I’m going to make myself a whole bunch of hot wings, yes, ma’am.”