Published On: Tue, Sep 13th, 2016

Strangers Raise $250, 000 In 8 Days To Help Chicago Popsicle Vendor, 89

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This is the story of a young man in Chicago, Joel Cervantes Macias, whom was struck by the sight of old man pushing his cart full of paletas, the traditional Mexican frozen treats, on 26th Street, so he took a photo. That was on Sept 5th. Macias wrote on a Go Fund Me page he set up for the 89-year-old stranger, Fidencio Sanchez. Within 3 days he raised more than $165, 000 and today, the 8th it markes more than $250, 000.

here is his story:

“As I was driving down 26th st in the Little Village area in Chicago where I was born and raised. I saw this elderly man struggling to push is paleta cart (Popsicle cart). 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.

I then bought 20 paletas and gave him a $50 and said may God bless him and drove away. I posted this picture on Fb and since then, I’ve gotten a huge response. That’s when Joe Loera came up with a great idea to start this campaign. Mr. Fedencio Sanchez and his wife recently lost their only daughter and are still heartbroken about the situation. His elderly wife was selling paletas also to help pay bills, but she fell ill and can’t work anymore. We’re trying to raise money to help him with whatever we can. Anything helps. Let’s all pitch in and help make life a little easier and brighten both of their day.”

After posting a picture of Sanchez on Facebook, Macias quickly learned that others had felt the same as him. Many wanted to know how they could help the man — and one of them, Joe Loera, suggested the Go Fund Me page…

Read the full story at npr.org

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