While it sometimes doesn't seem it, the internet can come together and do amazing things. Â A tear-jerking photo of an man pushing a popsicle cart is the latest instance showing theÂ power and loveÂ the world can offer.
Joel Cervantes Macias was driving in the Little Village neighborhoodÂ of Chicago and noticed an elderly man struggling to push his popsicleÂ cart. Â After snapping the picture, he bought 20 popsicles from the man forÂ $50. Carlos then posted the picture on Facebook and received an overwhelming response. Â At that point, he knew he wanted to do something else to help.
"That one picture had so much to say, andÂ people reallyÂ responded to it," Macias toldÂ DNA Info. "It communicated so many things â poverty, struggle, pride â it's like it spoke more words than any amount of writing could."
Upon further investigation, Macias discovered the man, Fedencio Sanchez and his wife has recentlyÂ lost their daughter. His wife had beenÂ selling popsicles to help pay the bills. Unfortunately, she becameÂ wife ill and was unable to work, so Fedencio stepped in to help.
After hearing the details, Macias and a friend launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money and cover the expenses.
The outpouring was pretty remarkable and the internet has raised over $300,000 to help the family. Great job, internet!
Here's a video that shows some of the media attention Fedencio is now receiving.