A Rogers Park resident has been promoting ice cream on the seashore for years. His Wagon Crashed – However Here is How You Can Assist

Rogers Park – Angel Lopez has turn out to be a well-recognized face to Rogers Park neighbors after years of promoting ice cream, snacks, bottled water and different small items on native seashores.

However Lopez’s cart has damaged down, and he is reaching out to the neighborhood for assist so he can get again to work.

Promoting ice cream and refreshments is Lopez’s principal supply of revenue. However the 61-year-old can proceed this enterprise solely when the climate is heat, which suggests dropping his carriage presently – the peak of summer season – is very problematic.

“I prefer to see individuals smile and the little cash I get,” he mentioned. “I battle to get by the month, and that helps me hold going. … I save up in the summertime to make up for what I can not do within the winter.”

When Lopez’s ice cream van broke down about two weeks in the past, frequent beachgoer Manar Al Khair launched a GoFundMe to lift cash to purchase him a brand new one.

Al-Khair mentioned she goes to the lake each day and is used to seeing Lopez.

“We had been at all times smiling at one another and simply loving one another. Then I noticed him after I hadn’t seen him for some time and he advised me his bike had damaged down,” mentioned Al Khair, 27.

She mentioned the charity instantly organized a fundraiser to assist Lopez purchase a brand new wagon that got here with a motorbike.

Good mentioned Lopez and his ice cream van supplied refreshments, smiles and a way of neighborhood for residents and passersby.

“I do know individuals know him: he is so good, and he is right here lots,” mentioned Al-Khair. “I used to be like, ‘I am certain the individuals right here love you, and in the event that they hear you are down they are going to do no matter they will that will help you. ”

GoFundMe raised about $1,000 towards its $3,500 purpose, which the great mentioned is the common worth for an ice cream cart with a motorbike hooked up. Lopez has again ache and might’t use the pushcart on foot, so biking permits him to maintain working with out hurting himself.

“It is actually superb that we made $1,000 in any respect, in any time period,” mentioned Al-Khair. “I simply love him a lot and simply need him to get his ice cream van as quickly as potential. I am simply fascinated about the tip of the season – I really feel like August is across the nook.”

You possibly can donate to EZ’s fundraiser right here.

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