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Picture of 89-year-old vendor selling popsicles raises $300,000 on Facebook

The picture of Fidencio Sanchez pushing a cart collected $100,000 on the first day. Photograph: (Facebook)

WION Chicago, United States Sep 14, 2016, 04.11 AM (IST)

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.

Sanches, who lost his daughter recently, he had to keep working to pay daily living expenses for him and his wife.

Gustavo Pedraza, who owns the company that employs Sanches, says that the elderly man has been pushing the popsicle cart for more than 20 years. "Every summer, he always comes back, and he's always really, really hard working," Pedraza told Cervantes in an online video. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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