Strangers Donate $345,000 To 89-Year-Old Ice Cream Vendor Who Refuses To Stop Working

Everyday for the past 23 years, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez has been selling ice cream on the streets of Little Village in Chicago, Illinois. A few weeks ago, Sanchez and his wife suddenly lost their only daughter and found themselves taking care of their two grandsons. Last week, a stranger, Joel Cervantes Macias, noticed Sanchez pushing his cart on the street. Macias pulled over, took a photo, and then bought 20 popsicles from Sanchez. He then uploaded the photo to Facebook with the caption, “I respect this man to the fullest!” In attempt to “help make life a little easier” for Sanchez, Macias created Relief for Fidencio, a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $3,000. Little did Macias know, the campaign would go viral and attract more than $345,000 in donations in less than a week. If you wish to donate to Fidencio Sanchez’s GoFundMe click here.
[ABC7 Chicago / Joel Macias] [H/T:dnainfo]

Chef Aiming To Cook For Every Firehouse In The State Of Florida Gets Touching Gift After 15 Years

After the attacks on September 11th, 2001 took the lives of 343 firefighters, Florida-based chef Robert Scambia made it a goal to cook for every firehouse in the state. For the past ten years it’s been a dream of his to turn the experience into a cookbook with all profits going back to the firemen. While making his way through Orange County Fire Rescue, Rob’s generosity inspired Firefighter Paramedic Maria Bernard to turn Rob’s dream into a reality. A few days after Bernard started a GoFundMe campaign for Rob, Kleenex caught wind of the story and wanted to help. Last week, Kleenex and a handful of firefighters from Orange County Fire Rescue surprised Rob by presenting him with the first edition of his cookbook, A Hero’s Cookbook. Order your copy of A Hero’s Cookbook here, all proceeds will be donated to the Orange County Firefighters Benevolent Fund, a non-profit that provides financial assistance to firefighters struggling through adverse conditions.
[Kleenex Brand / Orlando Sentinel]

Men Read Their Old Suicide Notes In Powerful Suicide Prevention PSA

To coincide with National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day, the Movember Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on men’s health, released this gut-wrenching PSA reminding people that “suicide notes talk to late” when it comes to getting help. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and that men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women. Regardless of gender, if you need help contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or visit the Movember Foundation for more information.

BOATLIFT: The Epic, Untold Tale Of 9/11 Resilience

Vincent Ardolino, Rick Thorton, Kirk Slater and many others share what it was like to evacuate Lower Manhattan on September 11th, 2001. After the US Coast Guard called for all available boats to assist in the evacuation of New York City, hundreds arrived to help. Tom Hanks narrates the untold tale of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from Lower Manhattan in less than nine hours.