CHICAGO – An 89-year-old man finally retired from his job selling Popsicles thanks to generous strangers who donated money to help him.
“So many people have helped me. I feel very happy,” Fidencio Sanchez said in Spanish Wednesday, according to WLS.
Fidencio Sanchez struggled to push an ice cream cart down the streets of Chicago for nearly 23 years, still working to support his family. Recently his only daughter died, and he and his wife have been caring for their grandchildren who were left behind.
When Joel Cervantes heard his story, he snapped a photo of Sanchez and his cart and launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money so the elderly man could retire. Thousands of strangers raised $384,000 in a few weeks.
“No more work,” Sanchez said. “I worked because I had to, but my body is no longer strong enough.”
Cervantes said it was an honor to help the humble immigrant retire comfortably thanks to the kindness of strangers.
“It gave a small glimpse as to how hundreds of thousands of people his age are still working in America, trying to make ends meet. And how hardworking the Latino community is as well,” said Cervantes.
Sanchez told WLS that he’s not sure how he’s going to spend the money yet. He says he’s just glad he no longer has to worry about making ends meet.