A 90 year old man in Chicago has been pushing around a cart selling popsicles, trying to make $50 a day, because he didn’t have enough money to retire. An owner of a local restaurant named Joel Cervantes Macias stopped him to buy $50 the other day to help him out, and realized he wanted to do much more than just buy some popsicles after he heard that Fidencio tried to retire a few months ago but decided to go back to work after his wife fell ill and their daughter passed away.
The restaurant owner started a GoFundMe on Friday hoping to raise $3000, and as of Monday morning it has already blasted past $136K! Here’s what he said on the GoFundMe:
“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 wanted everyone to know that he’s legit too, and it’s NOT a scam. He posted this update on his Facebook: