Sofia Andrade was walking out of a gas station in the town of Wareham, when she spotted Glenn with his cardboard sign, sitting on the street corner. After what had just happened to the mother inside the store moments before walking out, she immediately confronted Glenn with a direct question.
Given his answer, she knew exactly what needed to be done.
Struggling with her own circumstances while in the store, Sofia took her chances on the lotto to see if she could score a few bucks. Her single ticket was a winner, awarding her $200 instantly that she and her three kids could definitely use.
But when she walked out with this unexpected gift, seeing Glenn sitting in the sub-zero temperatures, she realized that there was someone else who needed a leg up in life more than she did. According to WCVB, she asked the elderly homeless man where he was planning on sleeping that night. With no plans or a place to go, Glenn simply told her that he didn’t know.
“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.
After he warmed up, she drove him to a local motel and paid for him to stay for two nights, using her lottery winnings on him, rather than herself.
“He was so overwhelmed by the generosity that he just couldn’t stop crying,” Andrade said. Andrade didn’t stop there. After leaving him in his room that night, Sofia went home and posted who he was and what room number he was in so that other people in the town could find him.
She requested that if anyone had food, warm clothing, or anything that would help this man long-term, that they bring it to him there.
Along with that, she began a GoFundMe page in his name for the cause of helping this man in their community get back on his feet. That effort has raised over $8,000.
Thanks to Sofia’s thoughtful and caring heart, this man has been overwhelmed with love and supplies from the people of Wareham. He has more than he could imagine and a solid start to getting out of his once hopeless circumstances. Sofia was blessed with financial winnings that she immediately used to benefit a man with no other means to get out of his circumstances.
“There’s a lot of good people in this world,” said Glenn. “I’m overwhelmed with all the help, and I just want to thank everybody.”
It’s often the case that those with the least to give are often the first to help others because they genuinely understand the struggle.
This mother is trying to provide for three on her own, but she saw the financial gift as a blessing to give away. She set an incredible example for her children, and everyone else in the community, of what a servant heart really looks like.