An Indiana man zipped into a fast-food restaurant for lunch and was amazed at the state of the worker he saw behind the counter. The teenager was wearing a neck brace and had his arm in a sling, but he was dutifully ringing up customers.
When Cameron Nelson placed his order, he asked the high school senior what had 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," Nelson wrote in a Facebook post. "We sneeze too hard & decide to call in, but he's workin' like nothing's wrong."
Impressed with the young man's dedication and need, Nelson started a GoFundMe for Jakeem Tyler and even contacted his corporate employers at Chick-fil-A.
"For anyone to work in those conditions is commendable, but it's amazing for someone in his generation to have that type of work ethic," Nelson wrote.
In addition to contributing to the account for the teen, many people commented that they knew him personally and were inspired by his respectfulness and compassion.
Days later, Tyler told local station WISH-TV that he had no idea Cameron had taken a photo of him and shared it online, that is until word start to spread.
“I just don’t know what to really say right now because I’m just in awe still,” he said. “This was just like some days ago now it’s been blowing up.”
Faith is very important to Tyler, who said his meeting with a random customer turned into quite a blessing.
“This man Cameron comes in, who I never saw in my life, he asked me why I’m working and I was like I’m working to feed the homeless and just to pay bills like a young teen does,” he said. “I always had it in my heart to give back to people.”
The GoFundMe page has raised more than $13,500 as of this writing.