Injured in car accident, teen goes to work anyway to raise money to feed homeless

On the list of people who are going places in this world, we can safely add the name of Jakeem Tyler, spotted in a Chick-fil-A in Avon, Indiana last week by Cameron Nelson.

Young Jakeem was injured in a car crash the day before. But he went to work, according to Nelson’s story on Facebook, because “he needs the money & also wants to feed the homeless for Christmas & needs the cash.”

Things being what they are today, a few people responding to a GoFundMe page for the kid figure he’s running some sort of scam. Because what kid would go to work a day after being hit by a car just to help raise money for homeless people?

“Jakeem is a phenomenal young man and an outstanding team member. He is an inspiration both in terms of his work ethic and commitment to serving others,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement confirming he is who Nelson thought he was. “Although he was in a car accident recently, he returned to work after being cleared by his doctor and with the support of his family so he could not only serve alongside his team in the restaurant but also earn money to give back to others. We are beyond proud of Jakeem and support his efforts to serve the homeless in our community. In regards to the money being donated on his behalf: Jakeem is grateful for the support of the community. How he decides to utilize the money is up to Jakeem and his parents.”

Tyler’s parents said he’s been raising money for Homeless Hoosiers, to help the homeless find shelter.

  • Randall Thompson

    You know what? All is not lost. Kudos to this kid.

  • Robert Moffitt

    Nice. I have some family members who have worked at this same store (there is only one in Avon).

  • BReynolds33

    In case anyone was looking for what a hero actually looks like, this is it.