Strangers raise over $250,000 for 89-year-old ice cream vendor

JoelCervantesPublished: September 20, 2016158 views
Published: September 20, 2016

Joel Cervantes Macias was driving in Chicago's Little Italy village neighbourhood when he noticed 89-year-old Fidencio Sánchez struggling to push his cart of paletas. Mr Macias pulled over and took a photo of the man, bought 20 ice cream bars, and handed him $50.

He also learned that Mr Sánchez’s only daughter died in July. Two years earlier, his wife injured her shoulder and was forced to stop selling paletas by his side. Moved by the man's story, Mr Macias set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe and raised more than $100,000 by the end of the day. Three days later, that amount was over $150,000!

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