Chauncy's grandmother: 'we are in danger'
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis teen with aspirations to start a lawn mowing business has received a huge outpouring of donations. It started out in the parking lot of the Kroger in East Memphis and now the man who organized a very successful GoFundMe page for a teenager said they have been moving to multiple locations.
He's comparing it to a spy movie, because the money has made them a target.
Chauncy Black's GoFundMe page has nearly reached $300,000.
Chauncy and his grandmother have now taken everything and moved into a hotel.
The two made a video on YouTube telling people they did not have access to the money and are concerned:
"We are in danger," Chauncy's grandmother, Barbara, said in the video. "We don't have any money. I'm letting my family members know that we love them, but we are in danger. We love y'all."
Barbara has raised Chauncy since he was six months old. She said she fears the family is in danger because of the large amount of money in the GoFundMe account that was set up by Matt White.
White said relatives and friends started coming out of the woodwork.
"Things started to get a little tense after the money went over $100,000. They were getting mean messages and phone calls," White said.
White said the teenager asked him for some doughnuts at Kroger because he was hungry. White bought the teen a cart load of food instead. He said he saw the poverty Chauncy and his grandmother lived in and set up the fund.
The family has also moved for safety. White said Barbara told him to set up the fund a specific way.
"I want you to set this up so neither me nor Chauncy have access to this money," she told White.
White said it is being put in a managed fund that will go toward a house and Chauncy's education. And, they both said they are grateful.
Matt White said he and the family have found a safe place. He said the money will not be available for them for about a month, so Kroger has donated food and he is using his credit card for expenses.
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