There’s always someone who’s worse off than us.
We’re sometimes too hasty when judging strangers, that we forget other people might just be in need of a little assistance.
These days, more than ever before, just keeping our minds open can make a big difference.
And not just family, but sometimes complete strangers might just need some help.
Chauncy Black, 16, has gone through quite a bit. While he wasn’t homeless, his family had little to get by on.
One day, he was ravenous, trying as hard as he could to find a way to earn money. He wanted to give his mom a hand with groceries, utilities, and rent.
He turned to the only place he could think of with lots of food and found himself at a supermarket in a well-off part of town.
He never expected he’d bump into a total stranger and have a life-changing experience.
Chauncy had gotten enough to buy a bus ticket to the other, ‘wealthy' side of town. His goal? To earn some food by offering to work.
On reaching the supermarket, Chauncy went up to a man to offer help carrying his shopping. He asked only for some donuts.
Matt White was that stranger and felt touched by Chauncy's offer.
“This kid looked like he had been turned down 100 times. He looked ashamed, hungry and broken. In my heart I screamed a loud “yes!”, but to him I just chuckled and said, “yeah dude, we’ll get you some donuts.”
Matt decided he'd do something more for Chauncy when he discovered the teen didn't have a phone. That he'd only got a bus ticket and his mom was starving back home.
Astounded at the tale, Matt thought he’d offer something better than donuts.
Taking Chauncy with him to the supermarket, they purchased food and basics for the teen and his mom.
Matt even took the shopping over to mom Barbara by himself, before posting the story on social media.
It was clear to Matt that the family needed his help, and he couldn’t turn a blind eye.
The kind-hearted ‘stranger’ then filled up his trolley with things for Chauncy to return home with.
“So, needless to say, he and I went on a shopping spree. We had so much fun! We got cereal and chips and frozen veggies, pizzas, Cheetos, melons and pasta, peanut butter, milk, soap, tooth brushes, just a little bit of everything”, shared Matt.
As the two shopped, Matt discovered Chauncy was getting amazing grades at school.
Despite having some hard luck, Chauncy had ambitions to help out those in worse circumstances.
Wrote Matt: “This kid was amazing. Chauncy 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. I was in awe.”
Matt described that the teen and his mother slept on sleeping bags, without even a bed or couch. In their home, the fridge was empty.
He wrote that Barbara, Chauncy’s mom, couldn’t walk properly due to a disability, and suffered from tremors.
Matt offered the young man a lift rather than having to ride the bus again, and Chauncy agreed. When they got back, they never thought Matt would help them so much.
“I gave him a ride home so that he didn’t have to take the bus and when we got to his house I was truly humbled. He wasn’t kidding. He and his mom had nothing. They didn’t even have beds or furniture. They were sleeping on pads made out of sleeping bags, they had two lamps and nothing in their fridge.”
While they put the shopping away, Matt saw Chauncy light up with happiness.
”As I was leaving I gave him a hug and told him how much Godloved him and that he was going to grow up to be an incredible man. I’ll never forget that hug. It meant more to me than any possession I have.”
That wasn’t all, though.
Even though he’d already purchased all that shopping for the poor family, Matt made a GoFundMe campaign to help Chauncy set up his very own business, cutting grass.
After the posts took off, that campaign brought in almost $350k.
At last, Chauncy finally had a proper bed!