NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WCVB) – A lottery winner used some of her winnings to do a good deed. She didn’t win a million dollars, just a couple hundred bucks and the first thing the Massachusetts woman did was give it away.
“I legitly had like two bucks left in my pocket, and I bought a scratch ticket and I won 200 dollars on the scratch ticket,” said Sofia Andrade.
Sofia Andrade says her fortune soon got even better than that. She had an immediate opportunity to give back. Sofia was at a stop sign in New Bedford when she saw Glenn Williams, a man who has been homeless for three years. He was panhandling Saturday night in the bitter cold.
“I knew that the money never really belonged to me, that this money was meant to help him,” said Andrade.
Sofia called Glenn over to her car and drove him to a coffee shop.
“At no time did I ever feel threatened by him. He was so overwhelmed by just the generosity of a coffee that he just couldn’t stop crying,” said Andrade.
She did a lot more than buy him a coffee. After this single mom learned that local shelters had no bed space, she used her scratch ticket winnings to get a motel room for Glenn close to her home in Wareham.
“It’s emotional,” said Williams. “I couldn’t believe there’s somebody like her. She deserves a lot of the credit for where I am right now.”
Sofia posted about it on her Facebook page, hoping to raise awareness. She also started a go-fund-me page for Glenn’s long-term benefit. The story went viral, and so did the good will. A local barber came and gave Glenn a haircut. Other people donated warm weather gear. A child even made a Valentine’s Day card.
“I’m overwhelmed with all the help, and I just want to thank everybody for it,” said Williams.
As of early Tuesday evening, the go-fund-me page had raised over 11,000 dollars for Glenn.