Chauncy's Chance: a chance encounter gives a hungry teen new life

Chauncey's Chance: a chance encounter gives a hungry teen new life
Published: Jun. 25, 2016 at 1:42 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2016 at 1:43 AM CDT
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Chauncey Black (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
Chauncey Black (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - People around the world are rallying behind the story of one Memphis teen trying to make it out of poverty.

A GoFundMe page to start a lawn mowing business has exploded with more than $300,000 in donations. The Chauncy's Chance GoFundMe page is now more than anyone thought it would be.

But now that they have it, they are planning on putting it to good use.

The last 10 days have been a whirlwind for two new friends behind this venture.

The story of Matt White and Chauncy Black has pushed people to donate everything from a lawnmower to new teeth for Chauncy's mother.

But, what has caught them by surprise is the large amount of money people have donated on the GoFundMe page, all to help make 16-year-old Chauncy's dreams come true, and it all started at Kroger.

"Something told me to go to Kroger. God told me to go to Kroger," Chauncy Black said.

It was at Kroger on Poplar Avenue and Highland where Black met Matt White. Black asked White for help getting food.

"Could you buy me some donuts? I'll take your groceries to the car," Black asked White.

The question touched White.

"He just looked like a good kid that was hungry. He looked like he had been turned down a bunch of times," White said.

However, White didn't buy Chauncy any donuts.

Instead, he bought him an entire cart of groceries. And, after hearing about Black's dreams of owning his own lawn mowing business and finding out about his family's financial struggles, White created a GoFundMe page to help the teen buy a lawnmower.

However, the donations have far exceeded the cost of a new mower.

"It just caught fire, people went crazy, everyone loves Chauncy," White said.

Now, the concern is making sure the money is put to good use.

White said the money will be placed in a trust that can be used on Chauncy's education and helping his family move into a new house.

"They'll guide them and give them professional advice on what to do with their money, depending on their needs," White said.

It was a chance encounter that has led to a possible new life for a South Memphis teenager.

"It's getting up. It's getting up, we getting better now," Black said.

Black said he plans on meeting with attorneys and financial advisers Saturday. Those professionals will be able to help advise the family, but the goal is to make sure Chauncy and his family have what they need and he won't need to ask anyone for food again.

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