It all started when Cameron Nelson posted to social media about his experience when he went to ordered food at the popular chicken restaurant. There he saw 18-year-old Jakeem Tyler taking orders in a neck brace and arm sling. Tyler told Nelson that he had been in a car accident, and he returned to work as soon as his doctor cleared him.
“We sneeze too hard & decide to call in, but he’s workin like nothing’s wrong,” Nelson wrote of the encounter.
Tyler told the customer that he was looking save up a little extra money so that he afford to feed the homeless with his family.
“Maybe I was supposed to go in there,” Nelson wrote. “I think I may kick down a hundred or two on payday to help him out… he’s definitely doin it for a great cause & I was amazed he’s still workin despite his condition.”
Nearly 30,000 people have shared Nelson’s post. He also set up a GoFundMe page, which has earned nearly $45,000, far exceeding its $2,500 goal.
Tyler said to Daily Mail “I was amazed and I was so grateful,” “I didn’t look to get any attention or receive any donations from anyone. I’m just glad that so many people get to see my testimony and see that not all teens are bad and that there are good people in this world.”
Tyler is now taking his first steps toward his dream of opening a foundation for the homeless. He and his family are using the money to coordinate local charity events for the homeless.
In late December Nelson returned to Chic-fil-a and ran into his new friend Tyler, with whom he had a long discussion about everything that had been going on and their goals for the future.
“This has been THE most rewarding experience I’ve ever been [a part] of, and one I’ll never forget,” Nelson wrote “The power of social media can be good or bad…it just depends on which platform you want to use it for.”
Sources: Daily Mail