Teen asked strangers to carry their groceries, but received a new life instead

June 22, 2017 12:20 pm Last Updated: December 5, 2017 11:24 am


Matt White, a music producer, was leaving Kroger’s supermarket when a young man approached him in the parking lot. The 16-year-old explained that he was looking for opportunities to make some money, and so offered to help White carry his groceries.

“You could tell he didn’t have anything, and he was asking to work to get some food, and it just broke my heart,” said White.

(@Facebook | Matt White)

The boy’s name was Chauncy Black, and he lived with his mother in West Memphis, Tennessee. Since his mother was unable to work due to a disability, Chauncy constantly searched for odd jobs to support them both. 

“Basically I could do whatever anybody wanted done,” Chauncy said.

White was deeply moved by the chance encounter. Not only did White buy the teen some food to eat, but also extra bags of groceries. After White drove Chauncy home, however, he was shocked by the level of poverty afflicting the family.

“We got one couch,” said Chauncy Black. “I’m sleeping on the floor, too.”

Left is the Black family’s old home, right is their new one.
(@Facebook | Matt White)

Determined to do all he could to help but unsure of the impact he could personally make in Chauncy’s life, White turned to his faith for guidance.

One year ago today God told me to invite Chauncy to church with me. That was it. There was no big plans, there was no go fund me, it was just God drawing His people closer to Him. After church that Sunday he and I sat down at an ice cream shop and we made a video where God asked His people to draw closer to him through helping this boy,” White wrote on Facebook.

The video went viral, and White used the publicity to start a Gofundme campaign for Chauncy, dubbing it “Chauncy’s Chance.”

As of this writing, the donation period for the Gofundme campaign has ended, but since it began on June 13th of 2016 it has raised almost $250,000, all of which will be going to Chauncy and his mother.

“You’re going to be able to get a house. A nice house, it’s going to be yours,” White told them.

But the boy is not about to rest on his laurels. Having always been an industrious kid, Chauncy enjoys working with his hands. For instance, some of his past jobs included landscaping and gardening. He wasn’t satisfied with simply working, though; Chauncy also had the spirit of an entrepreneur. One of Chauncy’s early ideas was to raise enough money to buy a go-kart, a trailer, and a pressure washer and start a small business with it.

While the chance encounter with White has changed his life, Chauncy still retains that same entrepreneurial spirit. Only this time, thanks to the kindness of a stranger, he’s thinking a little bigger.

Couldn't be more proud to post this video. 1 year later and Chauncy has officially started his own lawn service! He's got a fire red truck and matching equipment. He's ready to go! If you'd like your lawn done by the one and only Chauncy, please PM me for his business phone number. I'd love to post it but I'm afraid he'd have 5,000 people tying up his line, lol. Thank you again to everyone who helped bring all this about. We've come a long way. With God all things are possible!

Posted by Matt White on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Matt White’s example reminds us all of the power each of us has to impact other’s lives. Even the smallest thing, like buying groceries for someone can have a lasting and powerful impact on their life.

What’s most touching, is that White has a deep and enduring respect for the perseverance and strength of Chauncy Black.

“I couldn’t do what he did at 16 years old. I couldn’t go out and earn keep for my mom like he did. He just makes me humble,” said Matt White.

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