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Stranger raises $150K for 89-year-old ice cream vendor


Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CHICAGO – Joel Cervantes Macias was driving through Little Village on Thursday when he saw an 89-year-old man hunched over a cart laboring to push it along the sidewalk.

Macias pulled over, bought 20 paletas, or Popsicles, and gave the man $50. Macias also asked to take Fidencio Sanchez’ picture. He started a GoFundMe campaign for the man which has raised nearly $150,000 by Monday.

Sanchez’ daughter recently died. His wife was selling Popsicles but she got sick, so he went back to pushing the cart to pay their bills. He starts early in the day and ends around 8 p.m., earning $50 a day.

“It’s really hard working out here in the streets, in the summer and cold winter. Even in bad weather we still have to go out and sell and the carts get stuck in the streets,” Sanchez told WLS-TV.

If you would like to review the gofundme page, click here.


Sanchez, although given a life-changing fortune, plans to continue working, according to WLS-TV.

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