Internet Raises Over $300, 000 for 89-Year-Old ice-Cream Man

Over 14, 000 people have donated in the past four days

Joel Cervantes Macias was driving down one of the streets in his Chicago-area neighborhood when he saw 89-year-old Fedencio Sanchez struggling to push a Paleta (Popsicle) cart down the street. 

Joel pulled over, took a picture, and bought 20 Paletas and gave the man $50. He posted the picture on Facebook and after receiving such a huge response, a Go-fund-me page to help Mr. Fedencio Sanchez retire was created. 

“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.”

In just four days, over 14, 500 people have donated more than $320, 000.