- Rosario Del Real, 70, has been pushing around a refrigerator cart to sell paletas (Mexican-style ice pops) since this month.
- A kind family bought all of his paletas on Father’s Day so that he could go home and rest.
- The same family has now raised more than $62,000 on GoFundMe to help Don Rosario comfortably retire.
An elderly man had a touching Father’s Day thanks to some Good Samaritans.
Rosario Del Real, 70, was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He first came to the United States in 1969 and became a citizen in 1979.
Affectionately known as Don Rosario, he is often seen wearing a cowboy hat, a traditional vaquero suit, and a pitted belt.
He had been working as a carpenter, but an injury forced him to take a break from his profession.
Since this month, he has been pushing a refrigerator cart around a Chicago neighborhood, selling paletas (Mexican-style ice pops).
It was hard work, especially on a hot summer day. But his day was gonna get better soon.
Oscar Gonzalez and his friend Victor Dominguez were having a Father’s Day barbecue with their families. When they saw the paleta salesman, they invited him to join them.
They soon bought all of the remaining paletas so he could rest at home.
The heartwarming moment was caught on video by one of their friends. When it went viral on TikTok, the family took advantage of the publicity to help raise a retirement fund for Don Rosario.
Don Rosario shared that his first years in the country have been difficult. He said that his family was so poor that his only wish was for them to be able to eat one full meal a day. Now, thanks to the kindness of strangers, he can comfortably retire.
A very emotional Don Rosario thanks God for the family that bought all his paletas on Sunday. He said that he doesn’t like to stay home and that’s why he decided to go out & sell. He doesn’t know that the same family helped to collect nearly $40,000 for him. pic.twitter.com/eAXnqhYmJY— Laura N. Rodríguez Presa (@LAURA_N_ROD) June 24, 2020
The GoFundMe campaign had initially planned to raise $10,000. But with the help of generous strangers, the campaign has raised more than $62,000 so far.
Don Rosario wishes to return to his home someday. He shared that the first thing he will do is to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to offer his gratitude for all the blessings he received from so many strangers.
While he can enjoy his retirement now, he still plans on working because he says it brings him satisfaction.
He told the Chicago Tribune, “I don’t like to sit at home doing nothing and without a purpose. But I don’t have enough to ever be able to thank (the family) who have done this for me; it has made me so happy.”
Source: Good News Network