GoFundMe Campaign Helps 89-Year-Old Retire

Fidencio Sanchez, 89, pushed an ice cream cart for 23 years before retiring.  However,  after his only child died and his grandchildren were left in his care, he had to return to work.  A humble immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez slowly walked his cart full of paletas, or popsicles, and adorned with bells from early morning until 8 at night.  “It’s really hard working out here in the streets....  Even in bad weather I still had to go out and sell,” Sanchez explained.

 A customer was moved.  “I just felt like he looked really tired and needed a day off.  The world came together and gave him a bunch of days off,” said the Good Samaritan who bought 20 paletas before driving away and setting up a GoFundMe campaign to help Sanchez.  More than 15,000 people in 60 countries donated over $380,000 in two weeks.  An attorney is working pro bono for the couple, setting up a trust to protect and manage the money.  “No more work.  I worked because I had to, but my body is no longer strong enough,” says Sanchez, overwhelmed with gratitude.

 This story ended happily.  Sanchez has financial security and the opportunity to rest — thanks to the generosity of strangers.  However, the powerful picture of an elderly man struggling to push an ice cream cart down the street gives all of us a glimpse of how hundreds of thousands of people his age are still working in America, trying to make ends meet.

 

Good New Counts,

 

Marty

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14 Year Old Cheers Up the Elderly With Letters

14-year old Jacob Cramer wants to cheer up lonely elderly people and he’s chosen an old-fashioned way of doing it. He is writing letters.

Since July 2013, Jacob has recruited friends, and even organizations, to help compose personal letters for delivery to senior centers. So far, strangers have reached out in friendship from all over the world; some close to the Cleveland suburbs where the effort began and some as far away as Europe and Asia. Spain, Scotland, England, India... you name it! Cramer has received letters from all over the world! The feedback he has received from the senior centers and assisted living facilities is even more astounding.

"I absolutely LOVE what you are doing to bring joy to the elderly! Thank you... for doing such a wonderful thing." ~Ruth Lavery, (Founder of Engaging Seniors)

The enthusiastic response for his nonprofit group, Love For The Elderly, inspired him to launch a website and social media campaign to spur more letter writing. His Twitter account already has over 1,000 followers, and he has been written about in several blogs and newspapers, including Kara's Comments, Kindness Blog, Caged No More, CaregiversforHome Blog, and now on Good News Network!

”So many elderly citizens in our nation have no one to care for them, no one to look after them, no one to love them,” says Jacob. “I am here to change that.”

To help out, you can send a letter or card to the postal address below. They also have an online submission form. (Use this when writing from another country). If mailing your own personal card or letter, please make your handwriting legible so the seniors can read it. Typing is a good option too.
Send to:
Love For The Elderly
42 Pepper Creek Dr.
Pepper Pike, OH 44124

(LEARN more at lovefortheelderly.org)

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