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Family Buys Out Elderly Vendor’s Ice Cream So He Can Go Home Early, Then Raises $40,000 For Him

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

This past Father’s Day, Michaelangelo Mosqueda and his Gonzalez-Domínguez family were enjoying their day outside when they came upon an elderly man selling Mexican-style ice pops called paletas.

The hardworking vendor was Don Rosario, 70, who lives in the Southeast Side neighborhood of Chicago. For the past 50 years, he’s been pushing his ice cream cart around the neighborhood, trying to keep his finances afloat.

“It can be very dangerous for paleteros or anyone out in the streets; we have heard of many that have been attacked by people just to get a couple of hundred dollars from them,” said Karen Gonzalez, one of Michaelangelo’s family members.

The family couldn’t bear to see Don outside in the heat any longer, working his tail off on Father’s Day and missing time with his own family.

So the Gonzalez-Domínguez family bought all the paletas out of Don’s cart just so he could end his work day early and take the rest of the day off.

Don was brought to tears by the unexpected act of kindness.

Michaelangelo posted the video showing his family buying all of Don’s inventory, and the internet went crazy. The heartwarming clip led to millions of views — and a new idea that would help change Don’s life forever.

The family started a GoFundMe page for Don with a goal of $10,000. They thought that money could help Don retire.

They never expected what happened next.

Footage provided by WGNTV Chicago

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