Matt White and Chauncy Black crossed paths by serendipity at a “rich people’s” Kroger grocery store in Memphis earlier this month.
White was filling his grocery cart with food.
There was an empty refrigerator at Chauncy’s house.
Chauncy approached White in the produce aisle.
He asked if he could carry White’s groceries to his car in exchange for a pack of donuts.
“He looked ashamed, hungry and broken,” White recalls.
White didn’t just buy Chauncy donuts that day.
The two guys got to know each other as they walked up and down the aisles together filling a cart with cereal, fruit, peanut butter, soap and “just a little bit of everything,” for Chauncy, White says.
Then White took Chauncy home where he saw firsthand how little the straight-A student and his mother have.
White wrote about meeting Chauncy on Facebook in a post that began: “I just met the most inspiring person ever.”
“As we unpacked the food into their kitchen, you could see the hope coming back into Chauncy's eyes,” White wrote. “He knew he wasn't going to be hungry. He looked like a kid again.”
White received such a big response to the Facebook post that he created a GoFundMe page to raise $250 for a lawn mower to Chauncy could make money mowing lawns.
But people who read about Chauncy had bigger plans. Much bigger plans.
As of Friday, donations of $5 here and $10 there totaled more than $83,000 for the teen and his mom. And White found a dentist to give Chauncy’s mom her smile back.
“People have been showering Chauncy and his mother in an ocean of love and support,” White wrote on GoFundMe.
“At this rate I have started talking to some people about helping find them a house of there own!!! Can you imagine?! They could go from not being able to pay rent to owning home owners!!! All because of the love of strangers. This is really happening?!?! Yes, it absolutely is. Thank you all so much!! God bless you all!!!!”