A simple photo captured the grit of a young Chick-fil-A employee, who showed up to work after a serious car accident to help feed the homeless on Christmas.
A customer in Indianapolis opted to order inside the restaurant, since the drive-thru line was too long, KTRK reported. As Cameron Nelson walked up to the counter, he saw Jakeem Tyler working the register with a neck brace around his neck and a sling on his arm.
Tyler told Nelson that he had been in a serious car accident last week but needed to keep working for the money. He said he wanted to use some of the cash he earned to feed the homeless this holiday season.
Nelson then took of photo of Tyler and shared it on Facebook to commend his dedication to work.
“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 the post.
Chick-fil-A has since agreed to make a donation to help with Tyler’s cause to feed the homeless.
Several people commented on Nelson’s post to chime in on the praise for Tyler.
“This young man is a hard working individual,” wrote Mary-Jo G. “He’s my son’s good friend. He has a heart of gold. Jakeem, keep up the great work.”
“I was in this store on Thursday December 8, he waited on me,” wrote Colinie M. “I was very touched with his kindness. One person can make a difference, he did! Thank you.”
Tyler is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in the accident.
Nelson created a GoFundMe page to help him on his mission to feed the homeless. At time of publication, over $8,000 has been raised, far exceeding the $2,500 goal.
Can’t wait to see what good this hard working young man does with the donation money.