Mr. Fidencio Sanchez
Sometimes kindness sneaks up on us reminding us that people can be kind and helpful, something all together different from what we usually see in nightly news and the never ending barbs tossed in abandon in the election from hell as we move toward making a "choice" between two people unable to speak the truth.
"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. We're trying to raise money to help him with whatever we can. Anything helps. Let's all pitch in and help make life a little easier and brighten both of their day."
By Sunday, they'd blown past their $3,000 goal and had $100,000 for Sanchez. Some people gave $5. Others gave as much as $2,000. The campaign has been shared 80,000 times.
It gets better.
The photograph that inspired this outpouring is iconic. To the man who made the picture, the image speaks to "poverty, struggle, and pride." In an election year that has seen immigrants denigrated and threatened, criticized as a drain on our society, the sympathy for this old man and his plight speaks to a quiet generosity and compassion. Maybe even a silent majority, given how the fundraising effort ballooned so rapidly.
Thus far, folks have contributed over $250,000. Stellar without question.