Photo of Elderly Street Vendor Gathers Over $330,000 In Donations

A donations page that was set up to help provide relief for an elderly street vendor collected over $330,000 after his photo was posted on Facebook.

Last week, a moving photo led to an overwhelming show of support for an elderly man struggling to make ends meet. 

Fidencio Sanchez is an 89-year-old street vendor that sells paletas (popsicles) out of a small cart in Chicago.

Last week, Joel  Cervantes Macias was driving around when he spotted Sanchez, who was hunched over, pushing his cart. Heartbroken, Macias pulled over to take a picture of Sanchez. He purchased 20 popsicles and gave the man $50 before leaving.

He posted the picture on Facebook, and captioned it, “I respect this man to the fullest!”

The post has only 229 likes and 543 shares, but it led to something much bigger.

Macias decided to start a GoFundMe page for Sanchez.

In the page description, Macias wrote, “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.”

The campaign, which started on Sept. 9, has gathered over $330,000 out of a $3,000 goal, and currently has over 15,000 contributors. People have been sending kind messages and praises for Macias and  Sanchez.

Macias said that he will be dispersing the funds to Sanchez at the end of the week, and has posted where contributors can find Sanchez, including his church, in case they wanted to give money to him directly.

Joel Macias with Fidencio Sanchez and his wife

The page is still accepting donations, and people are rapidly sending in their contributions. 

This man’s hard work and dedication has brought out the kindness in others to help out someone in need. 

Banner credit: Facebook, Joel Cervantes Macias 

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