A woman’s good fortune turned better when she saw an immediate opportunity to give back. Sofia Andrade had just won $200 on a scratch ticket and was at a stop sign in New Bedford when she saw Glenn Williams.
Williams has been homeless for three years and was panhandling in the bitter cold Saturday night.
“I knew that the money never really belonged to me,” said Andrade. “This money was meant to help him.”
Andrade called Williams over to her car and took him to a coffee shop. “He was so overwhelmed by just the generosity of a coffee that he just couldn’t stop crying.” As she spoke to Williams, she learned that local shelters had no bed space for Williams, so she decided to use her winnings to get a motel room for him close to her home in Wareham.
“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 posted about her meeting with Williams on her Facebook page to raise awareness of his story and also started a GoFundMe page for Williams’ long-term benefits. The story went viral, which prompted locals to get involved. A local barber came and gave Williams a haircut. Other individuals donated warm weather gear. One child even made Williams a Valentine’s Day card. “Know that you are loved this Valentine’s Day!” said the card.
“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.”