15,000 strangers donate nearly $400,000 to help 89-year-old popsicle man finally retire

June 16, 2017 7:08 pm Last Updated: June 16, 2017 7:08 pm

 

Fidencio Sanchez has been selling popsicles on the streets of a Chicago neighborhood every day since 1993. Sanchez is 89-years-old. In the summer of 2016 he officially retired, but not long after his daughter died and his wife became ill and he had to start his business again to earn money for his family.

One day while driving through the neighborhood, Joel Cervantes Macias spotted Sanchez pushing his frozen treat cart along the sidewalk. Macias took a photo of the 89-year-old and then purchased 20 paletas, popsicles, and paid Sanchez $50 for his purchase. The amount Macias paid the ice cream man was around the amount he usually made in a day.

Macias posted the photo of Sanchez on Facebook and someone suggested he start a GoFundMe page for the elderly man.

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Posted by Joel Cervantes Macias on Thursday, September 8, 2016

 

It didn’t take long for the GoFundMe page to be set up. Within days over 15,000 people from 52 countries donated more than $330,000 to help Sanchez retire for good. Initially Macias set a fundraising goal of $3,000.

The fundraiser, which is officially closed now, collected a total of $384,260 for Sanchez and his wife.

Upon hearing the news of the fundraiser and how much money was raised for him, Sanchez said he planned on retiring, again, and was excited for the opportunity to finally rest at home.

Watch an interview with Sanchez’s grand-daughter in the video below.

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Teen asked strangers to carry their groceries, but received a new life instead

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Matt White, a music producer, was leaving Kroger’s supermarket when a young man approached him in the parking lot. The 16-year-old explained that he was looking for opportunities to make some money, and so offered to help White carry his groceries.

“You could tell he didn’t have anything, and he was asking to work to get some food, and it just broke my heart,” said White.

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The boy’s name was Chauncy Black, and he lived with his mother in West Memphis, Tennessee. Since his mother was unable to work due to a disability, Chauncy constantly searched for odd jobs to support them both.

“Basically I could do whatever anybody wanted done,” Chauncy said.

White was deeply moved by the chance encounter. Not only did White buy the teen some food to eat, but also extra bags of groceries. After White drove Chauncy home, however, he was shocked by the level of poverty afflicting the family.

“We got one couch,” said Chauncy Black. “I’m sleeping on the floor, too.”

Left is the Black family’s old home, right is their new one.
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Determined to do all he could to help but unsure of the impact he could personally make in Chauncy’s life, White turned to his faith for guidance.

“One year ago today God told me to invite Chauncy to church with me. That was it. There was no big plans, there was no go fund me, it was just God drawing His people closer to Him. After church that Sunday he and I sat down at an ice cream shop and we made a video where God asked His people to draw closer to him through helping this boy,” White wrote on Facebook.

The video went viral, and White used the publicity to start a Gofundme campaign for Chauncy, dubbing it “Chauncy’s Chance.”

As of this writing, the donation period for the Gofundme campaign has ended, but since it began on June 13th of 2016 it has raised almost $250,000, all of which will be going to Chauncy and his mother.

“You’re going to be able to get a house. A nice house, it’s going to be yours,” White told them.

But the boy is not about to rest on his laurels. Having always been an industrious kid, Chauncy enjoys working with his hands. For instance, some of his past jobs included landscaping and gardening. He wasn’t satisfied with simply working, though; Chauncy also had the spirit of an entrepreneur. One of Chauncy’s early ideas was to raise enough money to buy a go-kart, a trailer, and a pressure washer and start a small business with it.

While the chance encounter with White has changed his life, Chauncy still retains that same entrepreneurial spirit. Only this time, thanks to the kindness of a stranger, he’s thinking a little bigger.

Couldn't be more proud to post this video. 1 year later and Chauncy has officially started his own lawn service! He's got a fire red truck and matching equipment. He's ready to go! If you'd like your lawn done by the one and only Chauncy, please PM me for his business phone number. I'd love to post it but I'm afraid he'd have 5,000 people tying up his line, lol. Thank you again to everyone who helped bring all this about. We've come a long way. With God all things are possible!

Posted by Matt White on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Matt White’s example reminds us all of the power each of us has to impact other’s lives. Even the smallest thing, like buying groceries for someone can have a lasting and powerful impact on their life.

What’s most touching, is that White has a deep and enduring respect for the perseverance and strength of Chauncy Black.

“I couldn’t do what he did at 16 years old. I couldn’t go out and earn keep for my mom like he did. He just makes me humble,” said Matt White.

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