A Massachusetts woman’s kind deed brought a homeless man to tears after she spent $200 she won on a scratch ticket to book him a motel room for two nights.
Sofia Andrade was at a stop sign in New Bedford when she noticed a homeless man with a sign asking for money, WCVB reported. Andrade, who had just won $200 on a scratch ticket, decided to do something.
“I knew that the money never really belonged to me,” Andrade told WCVB. “This money was meant to help him.”
The homeless man’s name was Glenn Williams. Andrade invited him into a local Dunkin Donuts for a cup of coffee.
“He was so overwhelmed by just the generosity of a coffee that he just couldn’t stop crying,” Andrade said.
When Andrade asked Williams where he would be sleeping that night, he told her he didn’t know. She tried calling local shelters, but was told there was no bed space for Williams.
That’s when Andrade decided to use the $200 to book Williams a motel room for two nights.
“I couldn’t believe there’s somebody like her,” said Williams. “She deserves a lot of the credit for where I am right now.”
Andrade didn’t stop there. She took to Facebook to raise awareness of Williams’s story and started a GoFundMe page. The Facebook post went viral and the GoFundMe page has already raised more than $5,000.
Several locals found other ways to help Williams. A local barber offered to cut Williams’s hair. Others donated warm clothes and one child made Williams a Valentine’s Day card.
“Know that you are loved this Valentine’s Day!” the card read.
“There’s a lot of good people in this world,” said Williams. “I’m overwhelmed with all the help, and I just want to thank everybody.”