Man Raises Money for Blind Vietnam Vet Who Collects Cans to Support 4 Granddaughters
After helping a teen who once offered to carry groceries in exchange for food to his feet, a Tennessee man is continuing to pay it forward by raising money for a destitute man — who collects cans for a living — and his four granddaughters.
Matt White, of Memphis, made headlines earlier this summer when he wrote on Facebook about a teen named Chauncy Black who offered to carry groceries in exchange for glazed donuts.
White wrote on Facebook that he offered to do more than that. He bought groceries for Black and his mom, and then went on to help the pair raise more than $350,000 for their family through a GoFundMe campaign he named, "Chauncy's Chance."
In addition to helping the family buy their first home and car, he set up a trust for Black's education. White said that due to the exposure, volunteers came forward to help the family manage their finances, or provide guidance.
Following the success of "Chauncy's Chance," White said he was inspired to continue spreading the kindness, and knew exactly who he wanted to help.
"I met JP [Kibbler] when he was out gathering cans on his daily route," White told InsideEdition.com. "I didn't have any resources to be able to help them back when I met them, but I always stayed connected."
Despite being legally blind and a veteran of the Vietnam war, Kibbler, 65, spends his days, rain or shine, collecting empty cans to sell as scrap metal to supplement his disability check in raising his four granddaughters.
"The way he puts it is, 'God has always given us just enough to get by, down to the dollar,'" White said.
Inspired by the momentum created by "Chauncy's Chance", he decided to begin by sharing Kibbler's story on Facebook, where dozens of members of the community began commenting, offering what they could.
One woman to babysit the kids. Another offered her SUV to bring the girls to and from the dentist. Someone sent dolls. Another sent a gift card so Kibbler could buy new shoes.
In fact, even Chauncy Black and his mother, the subjects of White's last act of kindness, are paying it forward by helping out in the cause.
White then set up a GoFundMe page, which raised more than $10,000 within 24 hours.
"Everything is happening because people are taking a little time and take part in uplifting everybody else," White said. "That's why I get up in the morning. It doesn't get better than this."
While the GoFundMe campaign is near their $25,000 goal, White said he hopes the community will continue to do their part in supporting the family, whether that's by offering what they have, or just lending a helping hand.