When single mum Sofia Andrade, won $200 on a scratch card one Saturday evening she was overjoyed at her luck. But before she could even think about the ways she would spend it, a chance encounter led to a hugely selfless act and a lasting friendship.
It Started With A Simple Act Of Kindness
It was just after her win on a cold, bitter evening that she spotted a homeless guy in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was hanging around a stop sign begging for food and money, clearly struggling with the cold and hunger.
It was at that moment that Sofia’s altruistic and empathetic nature struck her deeply and she decided to approach Glenn Williams and offered to buy him a coffee at a local coffee shop to warm him up.
The Ultimate Generosity
It was while she was talking to Glenn that he told her the difficulty in finding somewhere to sleep since all the homeless shelters were full. Without thinking about it, Sofia took out her lottery winnings and offered to selflessly use it to pay for a motel for Glenn to stay at.
She drove him to the Rosewood Inn in nearby Wareham where the money she had was enough to pay for a bed for three nights.
Sharing The Positivity
After sharing her experience on Facebook, the story went viral and people donated clothes and haircuts for the man staying at the motel.
It’s through a chance encounter and truly selfless act that the two came together and Sofia is now raising money through GoFundMe to secure long-term accommodation for her new friend.
Williams said he “couldn’t believe there’s somebody” like her.
“She deserves a lot of the credit for where I am right now,” he told a news outlet. “I’m overwhelmed with all the help and I just want to thank everybody.”
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