This Viral Photo Changed An 89 Year-Old Ice Cream Vendor’s Life FOREVER
Fidencio Sanchez has been selling Popsicles in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood for the past 23 years. The 89-year-old pushes his freezer cart to help support himself and his wife. On a good day, Sanchez was able to bring home $40 to $50. That all changed when a man who grew up in Chicago was driving by.
Joel Cervantes Macías was so moved by Sanchez pushing his cart that he bought 20 paletas, made of fresh fruit juice and fruit chunks, and paid the man $50. Cervantes Macías shared a photo he took of the man on Facebook, his post was what got the ball rolling to change Sanchez’s life.
Cervantes Macías’ friend, Joe Loera, saw his post on Facebook. Loera suggested they start a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help Sanchez and his wife.
The friends initially set their goal at $3,000. Within hours people were donating $5, $10, $20 from all over the world.
“It broke my heart seeing this man who should be enjoying retirement still working at this age,” says Cervantes Macías.
Sanchez still gets emotional when he talks about losing his only daughter.
“When she died I felt so much pain. I thought, ‘What am I going to do now?'”says Sanchez.
“I think the picture pulled at a lot of heartstrings … and that is one of the reasons a lot of people are donating. It shows that people appreciate hard work,” explains Cervantes Macías.
The campaign raised $384,290!