After purchasing all of Don Rosario's inventory Michaelangelo Mosqueda helped set up a fundraiser for him that has raised nearly $40K.
Michaelangelo Mosqueda was out enjoying his day with his Gonzalez-Domínguez family on this year's Father's Day when he came across an elderly man who was selling paletas, Mexican-style ice popsicles. While speaking to the man Mosqueda learned that the 70-year-old hardworking vendor resided in the Southeast Side neighborhood of Chicago. Don Rosario has been pushing his ice cream cart and selling pops around the neighborhood for the past fifty years to earn a living. "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, a member of the Michaelangelo’s family.
The concerned family simply couldn't bear to see the old man slaving away in the heat and working so hard even on Father's Day instead of spending some time with his own family. That's why the Gonzalez-Domínguez family decided to buy all the paletas Rosario's cart had to offer, just so he could finish his day's work early. They wanted him to take the rest of the day off, head back home and spend the remaining time with his family for whom he works his tail off every day. This unexpected act of kindness immediately brought tears to Rosario's eyes.
Mosqueda recorded a video of his family buying all the pops in Don's inventory. When he uploaded it on video-sharing app TikTok, people could not stop praising the family's generosity and kindness. The video ended up being viewed millions of times and thus an idea was born that would change Rosario's life forever. A GofundMe account was set up by the family to raise enough money so that the elderly man could retire peacefully and be with safe with his family amid the pandemic.
The page urged strangers to help raise an amount of $10,000. Explaining their intentions, the family wrote, "The funds that we are raising will be used to help Don Rosario retire. The money raised will hopefully allow him to no longer have to work in the heat." Mosqueda then explained that he would personally deliver the amount to the elderly man. "I intend to withdraw the money and personally deliver it to him. I have obtained his contact information to set a up a meeting and give him all the donations," he wrote.
It’s hard out here. Bless em both 🙏🏽— Kai (@24KAIII) June 22, 2020
In just three days, the goal amount was surpassed and the donations quickly reached nearly $40,000. Once again Mosqueda took to the fundraising site and thanked everyone who had generously donated to the cause. "Millions of thanks to everyone that shared and donated to make this all possible! We have met and surpassed our goal to raise Don Rosario’s donations," he shared, adding that the fundraiser was coming to an end. "I am connected with the GoFundMe team and taking all the steps to get Don Rosario all of his Donations. Donations will be ending now, thank you all who contributed in any way! We can’t wait to present Don Rosario with his Donations, please be patient!" he assured.
I always tell myself one day when I’m rich enough I’m gonna go around & do this to all of them 🥺❤️ I love vids like this!!— baby squid💕 (@_squidneyy) June 22, 2020
But today in an updated post, Mosqueda shared that everyone in the comment section has been requesting him to reopen the fundraiser. "I hear all your comments about reopening the Fundraiser," he said. Then he mentioned that they are yet to get in contact with Rosario or any of his family members. "When the fund first started we still had not got in contact with Don Rosario or any of his family members. Donations quickly reached nearly 40k and I disabled donations," he wrote, adding, "The decision was made so we can get in contact with both the GoFundMe team and Don Rosario, to ensure that we would be able to make a check out to him and he wouldn’t have any problems receiving it. I have confirmation and we can proceed! I will be reopening the Fundraiser! Thank you all for your support!"