The world isn't totally a shitty place, thanks to a stranger who has changed the life of a hardworking Latino man. 


Joel Cervantes Macias was driving through the Little Village area in Chicago when he saw an elderly man pushing his paleta cart.

"The dude just looked like he was suffering. I thought, 'This is a guy who aught to be enjoying retirement,'" Cervantes told DNA Info

According to DNA, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez has been selling popsicles in the Little Village area since 1993.

Macias bought 20 paletas for $50 but felt that it wasn't enough. He took a picture of the man he had never met before this encounter and posted it to his Facebook.

"I thought maybe we could raise $200 for him, just to help him out," Loera said.

After seeing how inspired his Facebook friends were, Joe Loera and Macias started a GoFundMe page for the man.

What started off minor monetary help has turned into an inspiring fundraiser as the campaign has reached over $168K, and counting. 

"I was very surprised. I am very thankful for the men that thought of doing this. I am very thankful for the favor," Fidencio Sanchez said through Perez to the Chicago Tribune.

Apparently, Sanchez was going through a difficult time.

"Mr. Fidencio Sanchez and his wife recently lost their only daughter and are still heartbroken about the situation," the GoFundMe campaign page stated. "His elderly wife was selling paletas also to help pay bills, but she fell ill and can't work anymore." 

Sanchez and his wife, Eladia, talked about the value of work in an interview that was recorded via Facebook live.

"We used to be poor farmers," Eladia said. "We came up here to try to make money for our family, to try to send our daughter to high school and give her a future."

With the outpour of love and support, the incredibly hardworking Sanchez family will be able to finally get the rest that they need and deserve.

If you'd like to contribute to the the campaign, you can do so here