By Jessica Sooknanan
CHICAGO – For the past 23 years, Fidenico Sanchez has been pushing his ice cream cart along the streets of Chicago, no matter the weather, hoping to make a few dollars to support his family.
Now, he has captured the attention of thousands of strangers who are hoping to help the 89-year-old, who worries about his grandchildren’s futures.
Sanchez told WLS-TV that just a few weeks ago, his only daughter suddenly died. He and his wife are now caring for her two sons. He supports them by selling ice cream from a small cart.
“It’s really hard working out here in the streets, in the summer and cold winter,” Sanchez told WLS-TV. “Even in bad weather we still have to go out and sell and the carts get stuck in the streets.”
Joel Cervantes, a Chicagoan, just happened to spot the man pushing his cart.
“It broke my heart seeing this man that should be enjoying retirement still working at this age,” wrote Cervantes.
Wanting to help, he set up a GoFundMe page. Within just two days, the page raised more than $148,000.
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