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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A 16-year-old boy in Tennessee is receiving an outpouring of support after he asked to help carry a man’s groceries for him in exchange for food.

Memphis resident Matt White wrote about the experience in a Facebook post that has gone viral.

White says that he was approached by a teenager while shopping for produce at Kroger.  The boy introduced himself at Chauncy Jones, and he offered to help White carry his grocery bags in exchange for a pack of glazed doughnuts. “He looked ashamed, hungry and broken,” White said.

Jones told white he lived with his mother and this was his only chance to get food that day. White ended up buying him a few grocery bags full of food.

“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 said.

White gave Jones a ride home, and he saw first-hand that Joes and his mother really didn’t have anything at all – not even beds or furniture.

“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,” White said.

After White’s post went viral, White created a GoFundMe account with a list of things he needs, including money to pay for an ID for Jones so he can apply for jobs and money for a lawnmower so he can work by mowing people’s lawns.

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6 comments

    • Truth fairy

      @Noah Salakk, Lol??? Not quite. There is nothing funny about your insensitive comment. The kid was asking to WORK in exchange for food, He was NOT asking for a handout! Read the article again Mr. Wanna-be comedian, -The man who put the “Go fund me” up for Chauncy witnessed first hand that Chauncy and his mother had NOTHING! Chauncy was hungry and ASHAMED! This young man probably has more work ethics, integrity and class in his pinky finger than you have in your entire body.
      So why don’t you learn a little compassion for humanity and stop behaving like an oxygen thief. JMO

    • Jantratip Piluek

      Probably but sadly a lot of people don’t know how to apply. Especially if his mom might be mentally disabled. He’s only 16 and in my own experience, a lot of school officials don’t realize kids need help. If a kid doesn’t explicitly say that he or she needs it, they often go under the radar. When I was 16 I had no idea to ask for the help I needed. Sometimes when we ask for help, it’s not given too. With him being a straight A student it’s even worse. A lot of times if a kid does well in school, no one knows how bad they have it at home.