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This Photo Went Viral And Changed This Paletero’s Life Forever

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Meet Fidencio Sanchez, an elderly paleta vendor from the Little Village area of Chicago who is still working hard after retirement age. Sanchez’s story became a trending topic on the Internet after Chicago local, Joel Cervantes Macias, shared a heart-wrenching image of the older man struggling to push his paleta cart.

“It broke my heart seeing this man that should be enjoying retirement still working at this age,” said Joel in a GoFundMe page he created for Sanchez. “I had to pull over and took this picture. I then bought 20 paletas and gave him a $50 and said may God bless him and drove away,” he added.

Joel initially posted the photo on Facebook, where he received a huge response. Immediately, he and a friend launched a GoFundMe page to help Sanchez and his wife.


“Mr. Fidencio Sanchez and his wife recently lost their only daughter and are still heartbroken about the situation. His elderly wife was selling paletas also to help pay bills, but she fell ill and can’t work anymore,” wrote Joel.

Sanchez’s story picked up so much traction, local news organizations came to interview him and his wife. Here they are talking about how they came to the U.S. from Mexico.

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The campaign, which was set at a $3,000 goal, has surpassed over $150,000 since it kicked off on September 9. The campaign is still trending.

And here he is still grinding.

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“I’m just humbled and overwhelmed with all the incredible kindness from all the people of not only Little Village but nationwide,” Macias said in an interview with Gozamos.

You can donate here.

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High School Administrators Actually Approved These Signs For A Pep Rally

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High School Administrators Actually Approved These Signs For A Pep Rally

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Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas, is under fire for using Donald Trump campaign imagery for a pep rally. Their theme? “Make Colleyville Great Again.” Seriously. The affluent school was getting ready for a game against Trinity High School, which was ranked as the most diverse school in Texas and sixth most diverse in the nation. Just an FYI, Colleyville Heritage High School ranks 484th in diversity in the state of Texas and 4,633rd nationwide in diversity.

According to Dallas News, the spokesman for the school district said the theme was “Make Colleyville Great Again,” meaning if Colleyville beat Trinity High School, their football team would be great again.

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CREDIT: Credit: @audreywarnerr / Twitter

Yeah. You read that right.

That is literally Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, just with Colleyville replacing “America.”

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“At the pep rally I leaned over to a friend next to me and was like, ‘How was this allowed?'” Colleyville Heritage sophomore Cooper Enright told Dallas News. “Who thought it was appropriate to have our student body represented in that way?”

To make things just a tad more in your face, students even made a “wall” that was paid for by Trinity High School.

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CREDIT: Credit: @audreywarnerr / Twitter

It is worth noting that THS is 21 percent black, 26 percent Latino and 36 percent white, according to Dallas News. No matter how you try to spin it, the “paid for by Trinity” is a clear shout out to Trump calling on Mexicans to pay for the border wall.

Some Texas high school students are learning a hard lesson about social media: Watch what you share.

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CREDIT: Credit: @audreywarnerr / Twitter

As the student so eloquently put it, “well shit.”

Some CHHS students took to Twitter to let the world know that not every student thought the racist signs were funny or appropriate.

Even some alumni weighed in on the debate and threw their support behind THS.

Now, don’t be too harsh on the little high school students. Sure, they messed up, but according to student Audrey Warner, the school administrators approved the theme and signs.

The student says people calling the signs “racist” are just stereotyping her because she goes to a “wealthy school.”

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Sorry, Warner. The attacker cannot be the victim no matter how you try to spin it.

But don’t worry. Trinity defeated Colleyville Heritage on the field, winning 35-21.

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READ: North Carolina High School Students Built A Wall As A Senior ‘Prank’

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