Struggling Old Man Has Retirement Crowdfunded By Strangers


When I get too old to write nonsense for a living I plan on retiring to the country and running my own little pub but the crushing reality is that not everyone gets to retire. 

Take Mr Fidencio Sanchez , an elderly man from Chicago, who was spotted pushing an ice-cream cart through the city trying to earn a living and unable to retire, The Mirror reports.

Thankfully one good Samaritan, Joel Cervantes Macias, decided to help Mr Sanchez out after hearing his heartbreaking story.


Mr Macias set up a GoFundMe page for Mr Sanchez and explained the old man’s situation.

He said:

I saw this elderly man struggling to push is (sic) 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.

The photo inspired a huge response after Joel posted it on Facebook, and a friend Joel Loera


I posted this picture on Facebook 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.

The GoFundMe page has raised an incredible $254,690 (£192,000) for Mr Sanchez as people rushed to donate to such a worthy cause.

Mr Macias has also responded to accusations from some that he planned on keeping the money for himself, writing on Facebook that he guarantees he’ll track down Mr Sanchez adding: “There’s still good people in this world.”

He also explained that he plans to do a live video when he gives him the money. It warms your heart doesn’t it.