Amid all the cat videos, political fighting and selfies occassionally social media offers a chance to see the good side of the public spirit. This weekend, the outpouring for Chanuncy Jones is just one of those times.
The 16-year-old Memphis teen approached a man at a local Kroger and offered to carry his groceries to the car, in exchange for a box of doughnuts so he and his mother would have something to eat. Matt White was touched enough to buy the young man groceries and give him a ride home.
White told Fox59, “He looked ashamed, hungry and broken.” But the young man also had a plan, he was trying to get a job so he could help his mother pay the rent. Sharing with White that he is a straight A student, he told White that while he may be poor today, he does not intend to stay that way. Jones plans to own a business, but he would not forget those in his neighborhood who were in need. He promised to one day “buy then groceries like me,” White said.
After taking the young man home White discovered Jones and his mother not only did not have food, they lacked basics like furniture and beds. This inspired White to share a post on Facebook and create a GoFundMe page which has far exceeded the goal of getting enough money for an ID card and lawnmower. As of Sunday morning, more than $233,000 has been raised.
Visit the GoFundMe page and read more about how one chance encounter is changing a young man’s life.