$342,106 of $345,000 goal
And he's 16.
His name is Chauncy Jones Black, and last week, by God's beautiful design, he met me. I'll never forget it, here comes this kid inside the Highland Kroger asking if he could help take my groceries to my car in exchange for buying him some glazed donuts.
He had me at donuts. lol
What followed was perhaps one of the most cherished experiences of my life. That night, in a fun-filled shopping spree together, I was able to share in Chauncy's life, learn his story, and for at least one night, help him with his struggle.
Chauncy lives in Memphis with his disabled mother. He is a straight A student who is doing his best to make it in a world with no money and very few resources. He wants to work and help his mother financially. He wants to become a successful business owner and offer jobs and opportunites to others in his community. What so many can take for granted, he wants. He wants food, he wants a bed, he wants to work and he wants a chance.
I've created this go fund me page to help Chauncy have that chance. It starts small. A simple act of kindness, but it can ripple out and create an ocean of prosperity in the world.
The first step is to get Chauncy's basic needs covered and to get him working. Right now he doesn't have an ID so he cannot apply for regular jobs until he gets that handled (we're working on that). Until then, he says he likes mowing lawns. So my hope is to raise enough money to get him a push mower.
(Edit: when I started this 4 days ago, never in my wildest dreams did I think something like this would happen!! I started by asking for $250 to get Chauncy a lawn mower, lol!!! Oh my goodness !!! People have been showering Chauncy and his mother in an ocean of love and support. At this rate, I have started talking to some people about helping find them a house of there own!!! Can you imagine?! They could go from not being able to pay rent to owning home owners!!! All because of the love of strangers. This is really happening?!?! Yes, it absolutely is. Thank you all so much!! God bless you all!!!!)
Right now, Chauncy is in desperate need of clothing and a bed. He sleeps on the floor in a room with no AC. His clothing sizes are:
Pants: 16 (this is what he says, but neither his mother nor he are too sure, so until I take him to get measured, it might be best to go size 18 and we'll use a belt if need be). They're not sure the length either, but he's 5'3".
Shoes: 8 1/2
A $10 Ross giftcard would mean the world to this kid. You can see in his face how ashamed he is of his tattered clothes.
Also, ff you have clothes for his mother, she will be so appreciative of it. She informed me that all of their posessions were stolen a few monts ago, including all her clothes.
Her sizes are:
Shoes: 8 1/2 womens
They really don't have any possessions except a couch and a few lamps. So if you have any items you think might be useful to him or his mother, I know they will greatly appreciate it. His mother said that she'd really love to be able to learn to play piano and also to just enjoy music in her house. So any old CD players or speakers would be perfect. Right now they live in silence. They truly have nothing.
But here's where you can make the biggest difference: if you have job or work opportunites for Chauncy and would share some time with him and encourage him while he does some odd jobs around your house--this could change his life. His spirit is nearly broken and will take some mending. He has been poor his entire life and he needs encouragement and kindness from friends and mentors to help heal these wounds. If you have an opportunity like this for him, no matter how small, I will happily get him a ride to and from.
It's so rare that we get an opportunity to affect so much change on one life. I think back to how many people poured into my life with their generosity, time, money, encouragement, and it brings me to tears. The impact that those people had on my life can never be measured. I am so grateful for the lives we share with one another, so grateful for each and every one of God's children. I cannot thank you enough for caring about Chauncy. This is his big chance, and you're making it possible. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.
P.S. Please don't think that any amount of money is too small. Honestly, $5 is plenty. You shouldn't feel you have to give any more than that. I believe there are enough people who care about Chauncy and his cause that with $5 each, we will pass the goal easily.
(Edit) I keep raising the goal because people just keep giving and giving to them, it's unreal. It would be a dream come true if we could raise enough money to get them their own place. God teaches us to dream and pray big. So I am. Thank you again.
If you have any furniture you'd like to deliver to Chauncy or his mother, she gave me permission to put their address here (edit)
for their safety, seeing as they've been robbed once before, I've taken down their address. Please feel free to contact me through a Facebook message for it. Thanks so much.
If you have any items you'd like to donate to them but can't deliver, you can email me at:
and me or someone else can come pick it up from you.
Chauncy and I will be going to church each sunday at Hope Pres at the 11:15 service if you'd like to come hang with us. We go out for ice cream afterward and have a lot of fun!
Thank you again for being willing to touch a life, to make a difference, to give Chauncy a chance.
As of today, Barbara and Chauncy have a new life. God has provided for them a home, a car, a new school, he has restored Barbara's health and continues to present them with endless opportunities for the future. Every dollar donated to Chauncy’s Chance was put into a protected trust that will provide them a secure future for decades. In every sense of the word, God has provided. But there were so many more miraculous things that happened along the way. And in the process of creating all the miracles for Chauncy's Chance, God pieced together the most beautiful tapestry of fellowship and community I have ever witnessed: one that is so strong that we believe He intends to use it to uplift yet another family in need. And so, with God’s blessing, we are stepping out in faith to fulfill that mission.
Starting today, we are continuing Chauncy’s Chance (the volunteer movement). The next recipient is a man unlike any you’ve ever met. He is small in stature but a giant in heart. He is blind in sight, but I believe he has looked directly into the heart of God because he reflects it in his smile. His name is J.P. Kibbler, but we know him as “The Can Man”.
JP is 65 years old and every day of his life or “every day God sends”, as he would say, JP goes out into the world, blind and filled with faith to gather aluminum cans from the garbage. He does this 8 hours a day, 7 days a week with a smile on his face to provide for his family. JP is a veteran of the Vietnam war. He suffers from a degenerative eye disorder which has almost entirely taken his vision (leaving him legally blind). He can only see light and some distinct colors. Two years ago JP lost his beloved wife to kidney failure leaving him to provide for his oldest daughter and his 4 grand daughters (two live with him full time, two on the weekends and when school is out). To do this he goes out alone every day, with only His faith in God to guide him, and gathers the treasure that God has left for Him in his neighbor’s trash cans. JP receives some assistance from disability and the government but he says with 5 mouths to feed that his can hunting is “just enough to keep the lights” each month. I’ve never met a man stronger in his faith than JP. He thanks God for every little blessing, and expresses the most sincere gratitude for life that I’ve ever heard. As I talk with him I realize that although he has little vision, this man actually sees more of God than many of us will ever understand in our lifetime. He knows that God will sustain him and he believes in His power. He says, “I know I can’t do nothing, but I don’t have to cuz I pray to God and He can do anything!”.
I know with all my heart that God brought J.P. to us for a reason. I believe with all my soul that he is going to pour out his love onto this man of faith and bless him and his family. I am so overcome by the thought of it all that I my hands are shaking and I'm tearing up as I write this. I love JP so much!!! I want him and his beautiful girls to feel the goodness that is God’s heart!!!! To be loved on and laugh with the family that God plans to build around him (just like he has for Chauncy). I want so many things for this family. But most of all, I want you to come with us and be a part of it. Every moment!!! I want you to come share in all the power and glory that is about to be unleashed on this deserving soldier for God and his remarkable family. It will be too beautiful for words!!!
As we close the Chauncy’s Chance gofundme, we will be posting JP’s story through the Chauncy’s Chance Facebook page. You’ll find it here:
We will start by trying to help meet JP and his girl’s basic needs: food and clothing. Please don’t think that his girls are going hungry, they aren’t. JP is a good father and they do not go hungry, but at the end of each month he has no money left over. The work JP does is very hard on his body (digging in garbage cans 8 hours a day in the heat) and leaves him with very little time or energy for his family. He tells me over and over that all he wants is for God to bless his work gathering cans so that he can afford to take his family to Walmart to buy his girls new clothes so that they can go to church. That is the most righteous and incredible thing I’ve ever heard!!
This family is so beautiful and so strong, they just need a little compassion, they just need our love. So here is what we can do for them: we can assemble an army of loving, caring god-parents to love on these girls, a platoon of ready and willing brothers and sisters to come and help JP with his struggles. We can unite our community and show this family the love of God by helping them with their present and planning for their futures. Even the smallest of things that we take for granted, like driving to the store and shopping would be an adventure for them. They have no car, no extra income, no way to experience the world and it’s beauty. And the bigger things: help finding the girls opportunities for education, help finding Jessica good work, or whatever you feel your gifting is: they need these too. No matter what it is, if you feel the call, however big or small, they need you and we want you with us!!! All of you!!!
Their stove is about to go out as well as their fridge, but thankfully they haven’t yet, so if you have any working we’d love to get them from you. Anything else you can imagine a family needing, would be a tremendous blessing. This includes furniture and any household items. JP has a Walmart near his home if you’d like to send gift cards. He and Jessica also need many things like new mattresses and sheets. They are doing without so that the girls can have more. Any toys or dolls for the girls would be a God-send. They don't have many toys or anything to play with outside (like play sets, bikes, etc). We will make a better list of their needs as we learn more. We’ve setup a P.O. box for any shipped donations:
PO BOX 11631
Memphis, TN 38111
Please message us through email@example.com (preferably gmail over Facebook) about where to drop off donations or how to become more involved with this precious family.
Size 5 clothes
Size 1 shoes
Size 6 clothes
Size 5 shoes
Size 6-7 clothes
Size 6 shoes
Size 7-8 clothes
Size 7 shoe
Jessica: Women's Size Medium Shirt
pants size 10, Women's shoe size 7 1/2
JP: pants 30 L 29 waist
Mens shoe size 9 or 10
With all my heart I want to thank you for what you have done and for what you have allowed to take place. Because of your passion we are about to change the lives of this family. I am so thankful to share in this with all of you!! You are our family!! No matter what happens; as we move forward on the path that God has provided, we will carry you all with us in our hearts. Thank you. We love you all!!
This was no dream. Last night I stood in a circle with my arms around Chauncy and Barbara as Chauncy led us in a prayer of thanks. We were standing in the kitchen of their new home and in that moment the whole world stood completely still. It was like I was floating outside of my body, there was no time, no worry nor fear. It was so beautiful and overwhelming that I was speechless. To see this young man giving thanks to God for his new home. To stand and witness first hand the power and greatness of God's love. The unstoppable goodness that is His heart. I am weeping as I try to type this. It's just so wonderful, it's just so absolutely wonderful and good.
THANK YOU!!! OH THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!
IT HAS REALLY HAPPENED!!! IT'S A MIRACLE!!!! PRAISE YOU GOD!!!! PRAISE YOU!!!!
I want everyone to know that Chauncy and Ms. Barbara and I are not going to let this wave of love stop. We all agree, it must continue on and sweep up another family in it's quest for more miracles. God has brought us into the lives of the most incredible people we've ever met. We have joined up with a non- profit call "My Town Miracles" who's work is precisely what happened with Chauncy and I: they preform miracles for families.
I don't know what this next phase of life looks like exactly, but it is going to be so beautiful. What began as a chance for 1 boy is turning into an ocean of miracles. If God has shown us anything in this story, it's that He has equipped us with all with need to perform his miracles on this earth. Faith in God, love in your heart, compassion for His children, and passion for His work. That's all it takes. It's the formula for life, for happiness, for greatness, for miracles!
There's so much more to talk about that I can't cover it all in one update. But I just want to thank all of you again and again and again. I am so in love with this world, with this life, with the goodness that is God's heart. You have resonated and magnified his love from day one, and I just want to tell you from the bottom of my soul that I love all of you.
And here's some more exciting news: We've started looking for houses !!!! We are working with some incredible real estate agents to help Chauncy and Barbara find their dream home. They are really excited to get out of the hotels and into their first home. It's still just so unbelievable to think; that this started with buying a young boy a lawn mower and now he's going to have a home, an education, a career, and investments for his future and his family's future. This absolutely blows my mind!!! Thank you so much!!!
In other news, we are beginning to plan for the official Chauncy's Chance thank you party here in Memphis!! We are still in the planning phase, but the wheels are definitely moving and the whole community is excited about it. I can't wait to just share the story from the beginning to where we are now and show our city and the world just how big this family is that came together to love on Chauncy.
There are so many more incredible things happening that it's impossible to cover it all here. I have been updating to Facebook as often as possible and if you haven't already, you can follow what's going on the Chauncy's chance Facebook page here: https://m.facebook.com/chauncyschance/
Thank you all so much for your continued love and support of this family. The more people I meet and talk to about Chauncy's story, the more I realize the impact that this is having globally. You have created a tidal wave of love that is sweeping through people's hearts. The inspiration is contagious and more and more I am learning about others going out and finding their Chauncy. I can never express to you how thankful I truly am. This is just too beautiful for words. God bless you all!!
We are still living out of hotels ( on the graces of some incredible donors, THANK YOU SO MUCH) and everyone is really happy and we're making incredible progress.
The biggest update of all is that Chauncy got his first job at a real lawn care service today!!! It was such an exciting day for him!!! He got up at 6:15 and was ready to be picked up for work in the hotel lobby by 7:30. I wish you could have seen him!! He's never looked so happy!! I have to send a special thank you to Rob Hamilton for offering Chauncy such an incredible opportunity. What an amazing man!! He reached out to us and offered Chauncy the very thing he wants the most; to be mentored in the business he hopes to build for himself one day. You can follow his work with Chauny here: https://www.facebook.com/MemphisLawnCareSpecialists/
Just thinking about this makes my heart feel like its going to explode!!!! It was three weeks ago that I was driving Chauncy home to his house after we met that night at Kroger and he told me about his dream to own a lawn care business. Now look at him!!!! Three weeks later and he's doing it. He's set on the path to his dream!!!! How does it get any better than this?!?!?!
And there's so much more to unfold in this story. The new school, the new home, the new life for everyone. It's all so exciting and wonderful!!!
I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for all of your continued support through this. It is amazing to be out in the public and have so many of you come up and tell us how much you love us, how much this story has inspired you. It brings me to tears. We love meeting you, laughing and hugging you. Because truly, this is all because of YOU!!! You heard God's heart and you answered back YES!!!! You gave a young man a chance of a lifetime and he's taking it. It's just so beautiful. THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! We couldn't do this without you. It takes a family to raise a child. And just look at what this family is doing!!
I want more than anything to meet you all face to face, to hug you and thank you for what you are doing for this family. We are so grateful!!!
It is such an honor to share this story that you've helped create. I promise that one day soon, we will arrange a get together and do nothing but laugh and eat donuts. LOL
Thank you so much for what you are doing, for the prayers, the kind words, the encouragement; it really means everything to us. We love you so much!!!
Matt White you are the epitome of an Angel! Thank you for your kindness and introducing us to this straight A student. Oftentimes, when people see an African American teenager coming towards them its automatic purse clinching or avoiding eye contact. The difference is that this young man was asking to work for food. I love this story and how you spearheaded this campaign to help Chauncey and his mother. As a result, I'm sure they will be just fine! I am a special education teacher in a low-income area and I see how student's environment effect their performance in school. The fact that he is a straight A student (in spite of his circumstances) shows that he is headed for greatness. I believe that we are Blessed to be a Blessing to others. I'm proud of both of you! A closed mouth can't be fed!
Suggestion: please set this up with a trusting church or fund that is managed. This so the families disability funds aren't affected by this GoFundMe $. Setting up at Trust so the family has a trustee will make it so this money isn't considered income to damage the disability income they do get. Nor to affect their housing. Blessings.
My pastor does a Every Man for Every Man project in North Memphis. Every Sunday, an offering is taken up and added to a bank account that is also funded by other generous donations. What my pastor, Torrie Wilson of St. John Douglas does is, he pay the young men who volunteer their time by painting, mowing and cleaning up the Douglas community. I am sure Chauncy can work with him and get paid. No experience necessary to start. It doesn't pay much but it does teach the young men about hard work and giving back.
This story has really touched me. The fact that Chauncy went out of his way to get to Kroeger and that he didn't expect a handout but instead wanted to work in exchange for food is very admirable. I love the fact that you've taken an interest in Chauncy and are spending time with him. It's easy to give money to help someone but another thing to invest your time. God has big plans for you & Chauncy.
I'd like to donate a new chrome book and extend my time to help him with math, science, and teaching him software development. I can try to extend my connections in SF to see if he can get an internship. Definitely reach out so I can send him the chrome book. Best, Nadine
My heart is crying with joy. If there is ANY ONE that doesn't believe LOVE has no color, no status financially, no gender, ethnicity . Here is a testimony. it's just LOVE. All Jesus asked us to do was LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Everyone of you that gave or had the desires to give but wasn't able (me). Just know that you have earned a jewel in your crown in glory. Praise God! I'm so proud to live where the fellow man still has compassion for one another. If one more person could pay an act like this forward and the next pay it forward imagine the peaceful world we would live in!! JESUS CHRIST!!
Enjoying this journey. We were taught that Angels were little fat babies with wings or translucent beings with wings and that might be true but one thing is for sure! Angels are on earth in human form and we are witnessing it. Sometimes a little hand in life can totally change the trajectory of the rest of our lives. BIG UPS TO YOU MATT and to all the Donors. God Bless You All.