MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A teen's offer to take groceries to a man's car in exchange for some doughnuts has led to a flood of donations now topping US$212,000.
WMC-TV reports that when 16-year-old Chauncy Black of Memphis, Tennessee, approached shopper Matt White last week, the man responded by buying him a whole cart of groceries.
A chance encounter between 16-year-old Chauncy Black and 30-year-old Matt White ended in over US$212,000 being raised for the teen and his mother. (Photo: GoFundMe)
White then established a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising $250 to buy the teen a lawnmower so Chauncy could earn money mowing lawns. White said the page "caught fire,'' and donations started pouring in. As of Saturday, donations had reached more than US$212,000.
"Chauncy lives in Memphis with his disabled mother. He is a straight A student who is doing his best to make it in a world with no money and very few resources," White wrote on the fundraising site. "What so many can take for granted, he wants. He wants food, he wants a bed, he wants to work and he wants a chance."
Now White wants to make sure the money is put to good use. A trust is being established to dedicate the money to Chauncy's education and helping his family move into a new house.
With files from Emma Paling