The picture of Fidencio Sanchez pushing a cart collected $100,000 on the first day. Photograph: (Facebook)
The campaign was started by a restauranteur, Joel Cervantes, who came across Fidencio Sanchez while he was selling popsicles from a street cart in Chicago
A heartwrenching picture of 89-year-old Chicago man selling popsicles has received an overwhelming response on Facebook, generating $300,000 in donations in an online campaign.
The campaign was started by a restauranteur, Joel Cervantes, who came across Fidencio Sanchez while he was selling popsicles from a street cart in the Latino neighbourhood of Little Village. Moved by the sight, Cervantes started the the GoFundMe page, an online campaign on Facebook which raised $100,000 on the first day alone.
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," Cervantes wrote on GoFundMe on September 9 - setting a modest goal to collect $3,000.