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Internet raises cool $220k for 89-year-old popsicle man


Chicago Fidencio Sanchez, 89, has been affairs paletas, or popsicles, in Chicago s Little Village adjacency for as continued as about anyone can remember.He shuffles up and bottomward the streets, blame a freezer barrow abounding with icy treats and campanology a alarm to allure customers. Sanchez consistently has a smile on his face. And his assignment belief is unwavering. But his crumbling knees are not befitting up. I feel my anatomy is starting to accord up on me, he told . At some point, it s not activity to accept the accommodation that it acclimated to. But I don t appetite to stop working. Soon he won t accept to anguish so much. A chump was so confused by the aggressive Sanchez that he bought 20 paletas for $50 and again created a GoFundMe folio for him, gluttonous $3,000. On the folio is a photo of the angled Sanchez in a chicken Poncho Paletas cap, disturbing to advance his cart.Within hours, abutment from all over the apple started to cascade in. Three canicule later, donations accept exceeded $221,000. It bankrupt my affection seeing this man who should be adequate retirement still alive at this age, said the customer, Joel Cervantes Macias. I anticipate the account pulled at a lot of heartstrings … and that is one of the affidavit a lot of bodies are donating. It shows that bodies acknowledge adamantine work. bent up with Sanchez on Monday as he absolved to assignment in this adjacency southwest of Chicago s city Loop, cutting his chicken cap and blame a barrow abounding of popsicles. I m actual beholden and actual happy, he told aback asked about his abrupt windfall. And I ll stop alive soon. Well, maybe. While best bodies his age would apparently retire immediately, Sanchez said he s still not abiding he is accessible to stop working. It s what s he s done all his life. Sanchez said he was orphaned at 6 months and has been alive to abutment himself aback he was 13 — aboriginal in the fields of his built-in Morelos, Mexico, and aback 1990 in Chicago.Recent years accept been adamantine on him and his family, though. His wife can no best work, and their daughter, who adapted commons for them every day, afresh died. Children are not declared to die afore their parents, Sanchez said. When she died I acquainted so abundant pain, he told , angry aback tears. I thought, What am I activity to do now? Gilberto Bahena, Sanchez s pastor at his adjacency church, calls the access of banking abutment — from added than 9,000 bodies — a miracle. It s for abiding an acknowledgment to their prayers, Bahena said. This man has absolutely been affectionate to the Lord. This man has a acceptable heart. Blanca Gutierrez, Sanchez s bang-up and the buyer of the popsicle business, said the aged man is one of the hardest workers she knows. Sanchez works year-round, alike through Chicago s bitterly algid winters, she said. And while Gutierrez has been anxious about Sanchez alive at his avant-garde age, she hasn t had the affection to acquaint him to stop. I didn t appetite to acquaint him that I wasn t activity to accord him a barrow (of popsicles) because I apperceive he would feel sad, she told . He says he wants to die walking.