As Joel Cervantes Macias was driving in the Little Village area of Chicago, he saw an elderly man struggling to push a popsicle cart. The man was 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez. He and his wife had recently lost their only daughter and they’d been selling paletas, a type of Mexican popsicle, to pay the bills. As his wife had fallen ill however, Fidencio had no choice but to push the cart alone.

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“It broke my heart seeing this man that should be enjoying retirement still working at this age,” wrote Macias. So wanting to help the old man in some way, he bought 20 popsicles for $50. Macias and his friend Joe Loera also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $3,000 for Fidencio and his wife. And the internet responded in epic fashion by donating over $250,000 USD in just five days! The campaign is still open, so if you’d like to make a donation then head on over to GoFundMe.

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When Joel Cervantes Macias saw Fidencio Sanchez struggling with his popsicle cart in Chicago, he knew he needed to help the 89-year-old

Image credit:  Joel Cervantes Macias

So he and a friend started a GoFundMe campaign for Fidencio and asked the internet to donate $3,000

Image credit: gofundme

To their surprise, strangers from all over the world donated over $250,000!

Video credit: Joel Cervantes Macias