Cameron Nelson is an Indiana resident who understands the need for God’s food…also known as Chick-Fil-A.
In a recent visit to his local Chick-Fil-A restaurant, Cameron decided to go inside to order because the drive-thru was backed up. What he saw when he got inside was both snap-worthy and praise-worthy.
18-year-old high school senior, Jakeem Tyler was working behind the counter in a neck brace and sling. The teen had been in a car accident just days before Cameron dined at his restaurant, and captured a now-viral photo of him bandaged up behind the register.
He was working to use his own money to feed the homeless downtown and in the surrounding areas.
The two got to talking, and an inspired Cameron shared the photo on Facebook with Jakeem’s story.
“I stopped at Chick-fil-A & decided to go in cause the drive-thru was too long, and I saw this young man working with a neck brace & a sling. We sneeze too hard & decide to call in, but he’s workin like nothing’s wrong.
When I placed my order, I asked him what happened…he said he was involved in a car accident, but he was working cause he needs the money & also wants to feed the homeless for Christmas & needs the cash….maybe I was supposed to go in there. 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.”
He also started a Go Fund Me page to help Jakeem reach his goal, and feed the homeless. The page has raised nearly $28,000 in five days since the story first went viral.
Jakeem explained, “since I was seven my family and I were feeding the homeless in Hampton Roads, Virginia, after service on Sundays,” he added. “My faith guides me in everything I do. I’ve always had a heart to give and wanted to share God’s love to everyone.”
Cameron also shared Jakeem’s story on Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page.
Jakeem’s boss, and owner of the Indiana-area-location, Chris Tincher, said he wasn’t surprised by the teen’s big heart. “Faith is very important to him,” Chris said, commending the teen’s family. “They believe in giving back and serving others and it’s really part of his heart.”
More than 1,100 people have contributed to the fundraiser for Jakeem, and thousands more have been inspired by the teen. It’s just the story of selflessness that we all need to hear this Christmas season.