Single mother Sofia Andrade from Massachusetts enjoyed a victory this week when she discovered she won $200 after playing the lottery. However, Andrade experienced a chance meeting with a man who touched her heart. The man was homeless, so Andrade gave the man the entire amount to help him.
Temperatures in the state were approaching a chilly -8 degrees and the mother and recent winner knew that the homeless gentleman, Glenn Williams, a veteran who was panhandling in the freezing cold, was more in need of the money than she was. Initially, Sofia took the man for food and coffee; then she attempted to find him a bed at a shelter.
“I knew that the money never really belonged to me. This money was meant to help him. He was so overwhelmed by just the generosity of a coffee that he just couldn’t stop crying. As a single mum of three, he made me realise that even when I think things are hard, it’s nothing in comparison to someone else.”
There were not any shelter beds available as RT.com shares, so the young woman knew she was meant to do more. Sofia documented the touching experience on GoFundMe page, recounting the experience that led her to be moved to assist a complete stranger so willingly.
“He was standing on the side of the road with a homeless please anything would help sign. I pulled over and asked to take him for coffee and something warm to eat. Thats when i knew why God had blessed me with the winnings. I took him to Wareham where i took my winnings and put him up for 3 nights at the Rosewood Motel.”
Andrade hadn’t finished helping Williams with that act. As Inside Edition shares, the kindhearted woman went so far as to set up a GoFundMe page for Williams so that people could donate to assist him in regaining a home that he has been without for three full years. Sofia added a heartfelt intention to the description on the donation page to encourage people to donate what they could.
“Im hoping that we as a community can come together and give this man a second chance. Please anything can and would help. Thank you all and God bless.”
Only 24 hours later Andrade had surpassed her goal of raising $5000 and is now approaching the $10,000 mark. Williams, clearly in awe of this woman’s kindness and concern for him, shared his thoughts about the chance meeting with such a wonderful human.
“I couldn’t believe there’s somebody like her. She deserves a lot of the credit for where I am right now. There’s a lot of good people in this world. I’m overwhelmed with all the help, and I just want to thank everybody.”
The community clearly came together to help an individual in need, but people did not solely donate money to the site. Members of the local community offered additional goods and services to the cause. A local barber gave Glenn Williams a free haircut, others provided warm clothes for him, and a child made a Valentine’s Day card to warm his spirits.
The full post that Sofia Andrade added to the GoFundMe page has motivated many to help out a man who once served his nation. Her heartfelt words will surely inspire all to do their part to help those in need.
“Tonight i won $200 on a scratch ticket..i was so excited until i looked up and met Glenn. He was holding a homeless sign his hands shook and he was crying as the negetive degree wind whipped his face. I rolled down my window and offered to buy him coffee which he was hestistant but greatful to accept. As we drove to Dunkins i asked him where he was going to sleep he said he didnt know so on the way i called the local and other homeless shelters within a 10 mile area…no spots. It was then i knew why i won the $200, God placed Glenn in my path for a reason, so i drove him to the Rosewood Inn in Wareham and paid for a 3 night stay. Ive never seen a grown man cry he began praying and telling me i was angel. If anyone has an extra warm outfit or warm leftovers and want to donate to him hes in room 16. I know how greatful he would be. As you lay down snuggled up in warmth just remember how lucky you are bc with the wind chill its in the negatives. So tonight i know my new friend Glenn is warm…”
[Photo via GoFundMe.com]