- The internet has once again done a miracle when an old popsicle vendor received over $230k from fundraising
- Fidencio Sanchez, an old man selling paletas, was seen working hard despite of his old age
- Joel Cervantes Macias took a photo of Sanchez and made a fundraiser page to give Sanchez an early retirement
An 89-year old popsicle vendor from Chicago received an amount of $230,000 from social media users who were saddened by the poor condition but inspired with the old man’s hardwork.
One of the compassionate people who contributed to help Fidencio Sanchez, the old man pushing his cart of paletas or Mexican popsicles, was restaurant owner Joel Cervantes Macias.
Macias was the one who took the photo of Sanchez at the Latino area of Little village. He uploaded the phot in his Facebook account and since then the photo has touched people all over the world.
To help the old man, Macias purchased 20 popsicles for $50. After this, he created Go Fund Me page in hopes of raising a few hundred dollars from other netizens to help Sanchez overcome his financial hardships.
The amount donated by many citizens piled up to $230,000. Macias was overwhelmed with the support the donors have offered.
“It broke my heart seeing this man that should be enjoying retirement still working at this age. I had to pull over and took this picture,” said Macias.
Moreover, Macias narrated that aside from the hard working condition of Sanchez, he also lost his daughter last month and he had to work hard for him to be able to support his two grandchildren.
Sanchez has been selling paletas with his wife for decades, however, his wife was struck by an ailment which is why Sanchez is doing the work alone.
“He’s a relay hard-working gentleman. He’s always giving. He already got the advice from everybody to take it easy and stop doing it. He just doesn’t want to. He’s a little kid. He wants to get going,” said Gustavo Gutierrez who is a supplier of Sanchez’s popsicles.
Macias visited Sanchez and his family in their house where he announced the good news. He rewarded Sanchez with the collected funds so Sanchez would be able to retire from work.
“Let’s all pitch in and help make life a little easier and brighten both of their days,” Macias said in his fundraiser page.