February 19, 2016
(ANTIMEDIA) — A woman in Massachusetts decided to share her good fortune with a homeless man last week, after she won $200 on a scratch off ticket. Sofia Andrade was on her way home after winning the money, when she noticed Glenn Williams, a homeless man panhandling near a stop sign.
“I knew that the money never really belonged to me. This money was meant to help him,” Andrade said.
Andrade spoke with Williams for a few minutes and offered to take him to a nearby coffee shop.
“He was so overwhelmed by just the generosity of a coffee that he just couldn’t stop crying,” she said.
She also sat with him and talked to him for a while, but she learned there was not any space in the local shelters because the temperatures have gotten so cold and there are so many people trying to get off the streets this time of year.
After hearing his story, Andrade decided to take her lottery winnings and buy him a hotel room for the evening.
“I couldn’t believe there’s somebody like her, she deserves a lot of the credit for where I am right now,” Williams said.
After getting home, Andrade posted about her encounter on her Facebook page, and started a GoFundMe page for Williams to get long term housing.
“There’s a lot of good people in this world. I’m overwhelmed with all the help, and I just want to thank everybody,” Williams said.
There are countless people like Williams, who are experiencing similar struggles living on the streets. When stories like his reach people through the media, it gives an identity to the person who would typically be passed on the streets without any concern.
People like Andrade help give the homeless a voice, and allow them to make a human connection with people who may not have been noticed otherwise.
Making William’s story viral also allowed him to finally reconnect with his family, as well.
Watch the video below to learn more about their story:
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