They say it’s better to give than to receive, well, this is what a Massachusetts woman did to a homeless man. After winning $200 in the lottery, she used her fortune on the less fortunate, buying a hotel room for a homeless man. She has since raised thousands of dollars for him online.
Sophia Andrade of Wareham, Massachusetts won $200 on a scratch ticket, and instead of treating herself, she decided to use the money to buy a homeless man named Glenn Williams a hotel room for three nights in Wareham.
Glenn Williams, homeless for three years was panhandling in the freezing cold. At that moment, it became clear to Andrade that she was not meant to spend her winnings on herself.
“I knew that God had put him in my path for a reason,” she said. “I knew instantly that the money wasn’t mine, it was given to me to help someone else.”
Andrade later posted about her meeting with Williams on her Facebook page, and started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the man in need.
The story spread quickly, prompting local residents to get involved.
A local barber came to the hotel to give Williams a haircut, and other residents donated warm weather gear. A child made Williams a Valentine’s Day card, which said: “Know that you are loved this Valentine’s Day!”
“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.”
The single mother of three also set up a GoFundMe account for the man, and so far she’s raised more than $5,000.
At the time of publication, Williams’ GoFundMe page has raised $5,358, surpassing the requested amount of $5,000.
She’s hoping her act of generosity will inspire others.
“I want my children to know about compassion. Whether someone has a million dollars or one dollar, you should treat everybody the same,” she said. “Everybody deserves respect.”