Going to the grocery store is something that almost everybody does on a weekly basis. You probably have the same store that you go to each time, maybe getting to know the employees and having conversations each time you go. Most of the time it's business as usual, but if you're Matt White, a trip to the grocery store will completely change how you view life, your circumstances, and the people around you. And it all started with a simple trip to the store.
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Matt White was at a Kroger store in an upper-class part of a generally poor area in Memphis one night when 16-year-old Chauncy Jones approached him. Before the boy could even get all the words out of his mouth, White was taken aback by the look on his face — a mixture of shame and defeat. Jones had taken the bus to the “rich people’s Kroger,” as he referred to it, in hopes of working for food since he had none. He only an hour to do it before he had to catch the bus back to his house, where he lived alone with his mother.
The teen asked White if he could carry his groceries out to his car for him in exchange for a pack of glazed donuts. “He looked ashamed, hungry, and broken,” White would recall. So, he immediately said that he would get him some donuts, but he wanted to do something else, too. There was just something about this kid that was pulling at White's heartstrings. And as they both would find out, this was only the beginning.
“I just met the most inspiring person ever," White would later write on a now-viral Facebook post. "His name is Chauncy Jones. He’s a 16-year-old from Memphis. He approached me while I was shopping for produce asking if he could help me carry my grocery bags to my car in exchange for buying him a pack of glazed donuts. 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.'”
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When White found out that Jones had nothing to eat at home, he decided to go on a shopping spree. “We got cereal and chips and frozen veggies, pizzas, Cheetos, melons, pasta, peanut butter, milk, soap, toothbrushes, just a little bit of everything. 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." As he heard more of his story, he continued to be amazed.
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“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,” White wrote. Jones said that his bus would be coming soon, and started to head towards his stop. But White didn't want him to ride the bus again, so he offered to take him home and deliver the groceries. What he saw next broke his heart.