89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez pushes a popsicle cart through a village in Chicago with a goal of $50 a day.
Sanchez sells popsicles daily in an effort to raise enough money to retire. According to a Facebook post by Joel Cervantes Macias, the 89-year-old who pushes the “Paletas Poncho” cart daily, tried to retire but couldn’t after his wife fell ill and his daughter suddenly passed away.
Macias is a restaurant owner along Sanchez’s daily route who wanted to help him out by purchasing enough to hit his goal for the day. Macias decided to do more than purchase $50, he set up a GoFundMe page that has raised over 136K as of Monday morning!
“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.”
If you want to donate, the link is HERE
Joel also posted an update on the status of the GoFundMe page as well as a guarantee the money is not for a scam.
This is an amazing story. I love to see a community come together to help someone doing all they can to make it.