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Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

Every now and then there is a video or some news that bubbles up through the noise that makes you feel good. There’s another one of those stories coming out of Chicago thanks to a family helping a local paletero.

A viral video shows a family buying a paletero’s entire cooler of paletas.

The family wanted to help the paletero finish his work for the day because it was Father’s Day. After buying him out, the family decided to go one further for the older mand and set up a GoFundMe to help him retire for the life of selling paletas. Don Rosario, the paletero in the video, is 70 years old and is a staple of the East Side community in Chicago.

A GoFundMe for his retirement is raising a lot of money to help him out.

Selling paletas is exhausting work. Walking around all day long in the heat while trying to sell paletas is a demanding job. This family is taking it on themselves to help Rosario finally retire from the work so he can rest and enjoy his golden years.

There was so much love for Rosario that the fundraiser had to be closed and then reopened.

The family who set up the GoFundMe closed the fundraiser at one point, according to an update. This is because they were waiting to get his contact info and the fundraiser has exploded to more than $40,000. Then, after getting the info and enough interest to keep donating, the fundraiser was reopened. If you want to add to Rosario’s growing pot, you can click here.

The act of kindness that started on Father’s Day is still going and giving people hope.

These are dark times. We are still battling a virus. The U.S. is being forced to finally confront centuries of racial inequality. There are so many things happening that can make us mad. However, stories like these remind us that there is still so much good happening out there.

This is a ray of light in a world that is often so confusing right now.

“We’ve been left speechless, there were people from all over the states donating,” Michaelangelo Mosqueda, the GoFundMe creator, told Block Club Chicago. “It has been really eye-opening to see that when we all come together we do some great things for others.”

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“Tips” For Starbucks Barista Who Stood Down The San Diego Karen Reaches $100K

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Update: The GoFundMe page for Lenin Gutierrez was created with the goal of raising $1,000 after a woman, identified as Amber Lynn Guilles, tried to shame him for telling her to wear a mask. The original goal has been met and surpassed by leaps and bounds.

The GoFundMe page for Lenin Gutierrez is now over $102,000.

Credit: GoFundMe

Gutierrez is now $100,000 richer after his friend Matt Cowan set up the GoFundMe to make the bad experience better. The original goal for the GoFundMe page was $1,000 but the amount keeps on growing as people share the love with Gutierrez.

According to the GoFundMe, Cowan set up for Gutierrez to meet with a financial advisor to help him invest the money. Gutierrez has said that he wants to use the money to pursue his dream of being a dancer. Even more, the young mans shared in a video that he wants to use the money to help others chase their dreams in dance as well.

“We crossed the $100,000 mark,” reads the GoFundMe page. “A huge thank you to everyone who has donated. Lenin is overjoyed and at a loss of words at the kindness that has been shown to him by everyone worldwide.”

Original: Karens are everywhere and one Starbuck barista in San Diego encountered one in the wild without a face mask. Lenin Gutierrez asked a customer if she had a mask when he saw her without one. She said no and refused to put on one. She then went to social media to call him out.

A white woman in San Diego was very upset that a Starbucks barista told her to wear a mask.

Credit: Amber Lynn Gilles / Facebook

Face masks have become a very controversial issue. The most important tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic has become a politicized issue. Conservatives have denounced the facial coverings claiming they infringe on their rights and are unconstitutional. A Vinn diagram of people protesting the lockdown and not wanting to wear masks would show a lot of overlap.

She included a photo of Lenin Gutierrez, the man who stood up to her.

Credit: Amber Lynn Gilles / Facebook

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a mandate ordering al Californians to wear facial coverings when they are in public. Private businesses, like Starbucks, are allowed to refuse service to anyone that employees deem necessary. During a pandemic that has killed more than 120,000 Americans and infected more than 2.6 million, facial coverings are crucial.

Gutierrez is the one coming out ahead when a GoFundMe was set up to show him support.

Credit: GoFundMe

So far, more than $49,000 have been raised to help Gutierrez. The money is being donated by people who are thanking him for stand up to the woman who thinks she is too good to wear a mask. If you want to donate, you can click here.

Gutierrez took to Facebook to thank everyone who donated to him.

I’ve received numerous messages asking for my side of the story. Since this seems to be the most popular thread I decided to post my personal experience here. Thank you all for the love and support.

Posted by Lenin Gutierrez on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The barista was so moved by the donations. The young man shared that he was working at Starbucks to make the money to pursue his dreams of dancing. According to his Facebook, he likes Folklorico, the native dance of Mexico. There is no doubt that $49,000 will definitely help him pursuing is dreams of diving deeper into dancing.

Don’t forget that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has not slowed down in the U.S. Instead, the number of infections continues to rise in the U.S. with more than 40,000 falling ill on Thursday. Facial coverings are the best tool we have to slow the spread. Be smart. Be safe. Listen to the scientists. We can make it through this together.

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Community Rallies Behind A Paletero Who Was Beat Up And Robbed Of His $70

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Community Rallies Behind A Paletero Who Was Beat Up And Robbed Of His $70


Antonio Ramirez-Chavez is recovering after being attacked and robbed. The paletero was attacked by 3-4 men and was robbed of his day’s earnings. The Latino community across the country has come together to help the man recover and move forward.

A paletero in Denver was attacked for his day’s earnings: about $70.

The attack has stunned and angered the community. The rage spreads beyond Denver touching Latinos across the country who are saddened that a paletero was attacked. According to CBS Denver, the man didn’t want to report the crime at first for fear of his immigration status.

“Immigration has nothing to do with us,” Officer Mona Barraza told CBS Denver. “We’re here to help you whether you are a victim or you want to talk about something that’s important to you. Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid to talk to us.”

The attack is breaking people’s hearts.

People across the country are sending their love to Ramirez-Chavez as he recovers after the attack. According to CBS Denver, Officer Barraza said that the injuries sustained by Ramirez-Chavez were severe. One of his eyes was so swollen he could barely see out of it.

The Denver Channel confirmed that Ramirez-Chavez has several broken bones in his face from the attack.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the man recover financially.

The fundraiser has raised more than $54,000 for Ramirez-Chavez. According to the page, coworkers have set up the GoFundMe account to help the man with the financial recovery of the attack.

According to The Denver Channel, the suspects are still at large. However, the mayor and police department have promised to do everything they can to find the people behind the attack.

Our thoughts are with Ramirez-Chavez as he recovers from the attack.

Take care, señor. Know that there is a community behind you cheering you on.

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