Teen Continued To Work Despite Injury For One Vital Reason
HeartEternal Staff 12/23/2016
Jakeem Tyler is the cashier at a Chick-fil-A in Avon, Indiana. At 18, he is enrolled in the local high school and from a casual perspective, he seems to fit the typical mold of any teenager in America.
An unfortunate car accident in late November had left Jakeem in a neck brace, a sling, and in considerably pain and discomfort. Most other kids his age would have used this opportunity to call in sick at work and focus on recovering in the comforts of their own home. Well, this is where Jakeem sets himself apart from the rest.
On December 8th, a customer named Cameron Nelson walked into that Chick-fil-A when Jakeem was working the cash register despite all the medical apparatus attached to his body. Cameron couldn't help but notice Jakeem's incredible work ethic despite the obvious physical impediments.
"I had never seen anybody his age working in that type of condition. Normally we look for opportunities to go home from work any chance we get. So it surprised me. He very well could have been at home in bed resting."
After placing his order, Cameron asked Jakeem what had caused his injuries and why in the world was he still at work. Jakeem's answer of course took him by total surprise.
"He said he was involved in a car accident days earlier, but was working because he needed the money & that he also wanted to use his money to feed the homeless for Christmas. And of course, he was polite & courteous."
Jakeem made an impression on Cameron who proved that good deeds are contagious by sharing his experience on Facebook and by also starting a GoFundMe page to encourage others to donate to Jakeem's cause. On the page, Cameron wrote:
"We sneeze too hard & decide to call in, but he's working like nothing's wrong...I wanted to create this GoFundMe page to help him along his mission & show some support."
The conservative goal to raise $2,500 soon turned into over $43,000 proving that others too believe that what Jakeem was doing was extraordinary.
Jakeem's dad, Tracy Tyler, is familiar with his son's dedication to the homeless and therefore was anything but surprised by his son's decision to go back to work just a couple of days after his accident. According to Tracy,
"Whenever he has the money, he'll purchase some food at the end of his shift, and he'll stop along the way home and give it to people."
Jakeem's reaction to the outpouring support in this video is a must watch!
Jakeem's story is the perfect example of the holiday spirit! A lot is to be said also about Cameron Nelson who took the time out of his day to not only care about a fellow citizen but to go above and beyond in supporting and encouraging him.