Ninety Year Old Chicago Man Gets $110,000 In One Day
Find the tissue for this story about a 90 year old man and his will to work.
I found this story on DNAinfo.com about a 90 year old Chicago resident named Fidencio Sanchez. He refused to quit working selling Palentas, or a type of popsicle on the west side of Chicago.
He did decide to retire a few months back, but his daughter died, so he went back to work, taking advantage of the summer months before the slow season hit.
This is where it becomes emotional. A gentlemen named Joel Cervantes Macias stopped by the stand and bought 20 palentas. He felt bad for the man and decided to start a Go Fund Me page.
Here is what is says on the page:
"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."
Well, the first day it was live, they raised over $110,000! So far, they have raised over $137,000 and continues to climb.
Macias is going to donate the money on Facebook live. The biggest reason he wanted to raise the money is so something does not happen to Mr. Sanchez while he works.
If you want to help out, click here.