"I saw the picture he took, it was such a great picture, such a powerful picture, and it made me think 'hey this guy needs a day off, '" said Loera.
Sanchez, although given a life-changing fortune, plans to continue working, according to WLS-TV.
The fundraiser to help the Sanchez family was set up last Friday by Mr Joel Cervantes Macias, who runs his own restaurant in the area. Through $5 to $2,000 donations, 5,000-plus people collectively raised more than $114,000 for Sanchez in a GoFundMe campaign started by a stranger wanting to offer the older man a little relief from pushing his cart.
Joel Cervantes Macias started a GoFundMe for Fidencio Sanchez, 89, who has pushed an ice cream cart for 23 years.
But by Sunday evening, they had raised more than $115,000 by donations from more than 5,600 people. "It means a lot, and the changes will be that there will be no need for me to work, and we will have help in all aspects-like getting better clothes and things that will improve our life at home". We are leaving it up for a few more days because people still seem to be donating.
Just two days after he set up the page, Macias received overwhelming support from hundreds of people, and raised almost 100,000 Dollars for the elderly vendor.
It broke my heart seeing this man that should be enjoying retirement still working at this age. I then bought 20 paletas and gave him a $50 and said may God bless him and drove away. He then snapped a picture of Sanchez and posted it to Facebook.
Sanchez's wife also had become ill and was unable to sell paletas anymore to help pay bills.
After finding out they could get in contact with Sanchez, Loera and Macías made a decision to start a GoFundMe.
"None of us know each other, but we all came together to help someone we all felt needed it", Loera wrote in an update on the fundraising campaign page.