Friday, June 24, 2016

Miracle at "the rich man's Kroger"

Matt White is a 30-year-old music producer in Memphis, TN. A few weeks ago he was shopping in the Kroger at Poplar and Highland when 16-year-old Chauncy Black offered to help load his bags into his car, in exchange for a box of glazed donuts. Chauncy looked like he'd been turned down 100 times, so Matt chuckled and said, "yeah dude, we'll get you some donuts." Matt learned that Chauncy had taken a bus to "the rich man's Kroger" hoping to get donuts, since the fridge at home was empty. He and his mom had no furniture and slept on mats on the floor. Even so, Chauncy was a straight-A student and hoped to own a business someday. He dreamed of buying a lawn mower to earn money and help his mom pay the rent. What happened next seemed like a miracle.

Matt bought Chauncy cereal, chips, frozen veggies, pizzas, melons, pasta, peanut butter, milk, soap, tooth brushes and more. He drove Chauncy home and sure enough, the apartment was bare and the fridge was empty. Totally empty. Matt gave Chauncy a hug and told him God loved him and he would grow up to be an incredible man. Then Matt created a gofundme page called "Chauncy's Chance," hoping to raise $250 for a lawn mower. When folks in Memphis and around the world learned about Chauncy, they reached out to help. Someone bought him a deluxe power mower to start his business. Others who believe he deserves a chance donated $55,000 so far, and Matt recently found a furnished apartment for Chauncy and his mom. And all Chauncy ever asked for was a box of glazed donuts.

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