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Massachusetts woman spent lottery winnings to help homeless man

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A Massachusetts woman won the lottery, and quickly spent all the reward money to help a homeless man on Saturday.

After her selfless act, Sofia Lorena also set up a GoFundMe for Glenn Williams, the homeless man she met just seconds after winning $200 on a scratch ticket, she said.

The crowdfunded charity has already raised more than $1,900 in less than 24 hours for Williams, who encountered Lorena on Saturday night while standing in the frigid cold in Wareham.

Lorena, a single mother of three, said she saw him after she won $200 from a scratch-off ticket and looked up from her car and noticed Williams, shivering in -8 degrees weather with a sign that read, "Anything Would Help."

She bought him a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts and asked where he was going to sleep that night, she said on her Facebook post.

When she learned he was going to be left to the streets that freezing night, Lorena decided to use her luck for good.

From Sofia Lorena on Saturday, February 13, 2016:

Tonight i won $200 on a scratch ticket..i was so excited until i looked up and met Glenn. He was holding a homeless sign his hands shook and he was crying as the negetive degree wind whipped his face. I rolled down my window and offered to buy him coffee which he was hestistant but greatful to accept. As we drove to Dunkins i asked him where he was going to sleep he said he didnt know so on the way i called the local and other homeless shelters within a 10 mile area...no spots. It was then i knew why i won the $200, God placed Glenn in my path for a reason, so i drove him to the Rosewood Inn in Wareham and paid for a 2 night stay.
Ive never seen a grown man cry he began praying and telling me i was angel. If anyone was an extra warm outfit or warm leftovers and want to donate to him hes in room 16. I know how greatful he would be. As you lay down snuggled up in warmth just remember how lucky you are bc with the wind chill its in the negatives. So tonight i know my new friend Glenn is warm...

"It was then I knew why I won the $200," she said. "So I drove him to the Rosewood Inn in Wareham and paid for a two-night stay."

Since Saturday, she's helped raise even more money to get Williams another week's stay at a hotel, buying him time while she looks for more stable housing options, she said.

She said her friends have also been helping by sending food and clothes for Williams.

"I have honestly been so overwhelmed with the generosity of people coming together to help a man who has touched my heart in so many ways," Lorena said.

Williams had been homeless for three years and getting rest in sleeping bags and tents until their lucky encounter, she said.

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Posted: February 16, 2016, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

Such a lovely act of kindness by Sofia Blue Angel may God bless the both of you.

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    Posted: February 16, 2016, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

    Yes,truly an angel.

     

    They say charity begins at home and she is a perfect example of what we are all capable of.

     

    When the needs of others come first she responded in true Christian fashion.

     

    Bless her for her generosity toward another fellow human being.

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      What a nice thing to do. 

      Last week I was filling up at the gas station and saw a guy who was a 20 something asking people for something and they all said no and turned him away. When i came out of the store to fill up on fuel, he came up to me and told me that he got kicked out of his efficiency because he didn't have the 250 bucks. He was wearing a Wendy's uniform with a name tag.

      His friends were supposed to pick him up and take him to a friend's house about 8 miles north of where I lived. The gas station I was filling up was literally a few blocks away from where I live, so I told him that it was too far. So he went back to the front of the store waiting for someone else to drive in. The night was cold and he was shivering because he only had a shirt on. I felt so bad seeing him shiver that I gave him a ride to his friend's house.

      Normally I wouldn't give a ride because of the dangers of giving rides, but deep down I knew he was ok. He thanked me all the way there. I told him that all I asked in return was for him to help someone in the future when they needed it. He was happy and my conscience was happy.

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        Posted: February 16, 2016, 5:50 pm - IP Logged

        Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy....


        The Corporal Works of Mercy
        1 Feed the Hungry
        2 Give drink to the thirsty
        3 Clothe the naked Blue Angel
        4 Shelter the homeless
        5 Comfort the imprisoned
        6 Visit the sick
        7 Bury the dead

         

        God Bless Sofia, et al

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          What a nice thing to do. 

          Last week I was filling up at the gas station and saw a guy who was a 20 something asking people for something and they all said no and turned him away. When i came out of the store to fill up on fuel, he came up to me and told me that he got kicked out of his efficiency because he didn't have the 250 bucks. He was wearing a Wendy's uniform with a name tag.

          His friends were supposed to pick him up and take him to a friend's house about 8 miles north of where I lived. The gas station I was filling up was literally a few blocks away from where I live, so I told him that it was too far. So he went back to the front of the store waiting for someone else to drive in. The night was cold and he was shivering because he only had a shirt on. I felt so bad seeing him shiver that I gave him a ride to his friend's house.

          Normally I wouldn't give a ride because of the dangers of giving rides, but deep down I knew he was ok. He thanked me all the way there. I told him that all I asked in return was for him to help someone in the future when they needed it. He was happy and my conscience was happy.

          Aww... nice story Amber you are a good person Blue Angel

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            There are truly Angels among us!!!

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               Good Samaritans spreading love and kindness.

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                Thumbs UpThe universe will pay her back. One day she will be as rich and popular as the world famous Sophia Loren. Beautiful inside and out.

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                  What a nice woman, I hope she receives many blessings for her kindness. Thumbs Up

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                    Her blessing was the ability to give where others would not. It is in giving that we ultimately receive. I think she received something money cannot buy, a kind heart. May it remain open .

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                      What else would anyone in -8 temperatures do?
                      What was that man doing in such a cold place, in the first place?
                      Why was the woman in a situation, where she had no other duty but to be moved with pity?

                      Who in their right minds, knowing what they know about Massach. would actually be caught dead there?
                      The first obligation anyone has, in that situation is to get out.  Remove yourself from that situation.

                      The freezing cold can't feel good to anyone. Not to the old dude, not to the woman who went out of her way to help him. 

                      NO EXCUSE TO BE IN THAT SITUATION.

                      That Massachusetts and the whole northeast NONSENSE is for pilgrims and the revolutionary war, and for anyone who lived back then, and for tighter than anything roads that don't fit tractor trailer vehicles, because they were never developed back then for such large trucks, where it is illegal to keep your truck running (and how are overnight truckers supposed to keep their heaters running?), when Paul Revere rode his horse around there.

                      There was no decent winter climate back then, and no knowledge of any such place in this "new" USA country.
                      No, the climate hasn't improved, which is my point. GET OUT OF THERE. THE NORTHEAST SUCKS.
                      You're going to freeze if you're there. Yeah,  imagine that. duh!

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                      • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
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                        Posted: February 17, 2016, 6:23 am - IP Logged

                        A Massachusetts woman won the lottery, and quickly spent all the reward money to help a homeless man on Saturday.

                        After her selfless act, Sofia Lorena also set up a GoFundMe for Glenn Williams, the homeless man she met just seconds after winning $200 on a scratch ticket, she said.

                        The crowdfunded charity has already raised more than $1,900 in less than 24 hours for Williams, who encountered Lorena on Saturday night while standing in the frigid cold in Wareham.

                        Lorena, a single mother of three, said she saw him after she won $200 from a scratch-off ticket and looked up from her car and noticed Williams, shivering in -8 degrees weather with a sign that read, "Anything Would Help."

                        She bought him a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts and asked where he was going to sleep that night, she said on her Facebook post.

                        When she learned he was going to be left to the streets that freezing night, Lorena decided to use her luck for good.

                        From Sofia Lorena on Saturday, February 13, 2016:

                        Tonight i won $200 on a scratch ticket..i was so excited until i looked up and met Glenn. He was holding a homeless sign his hands shook and he was crying as the negetive degree wind whipped his face. I rolled down my window and offered to buy him coffee which he was hestistant but greatful to accept. As we drove to Dunkins i asked him where he was going to sleep he said he didnt know so on the way i called the local and other homeless shelters within a 10 mile area...no spots. It was then i knew why i won the $200, God placed Glenn in my path for a reason, so i drove him to the Rosewood Inn in Wareham and paid for a 2 night stay.
                        Ive never seen a grown man cry he began praying and telling me i was angel. If anyone was an extra warm outfit or warm leftovers and want to donate to him hes in room 16. I know how greatful he would be. As you lay down snuggled up in warmth just remember how lucky you are bc with the wind chill its in the negatives. So tonight i know my new friend Glenn is warm...

                        "It was then I knew why I won the $200," she said. "So I drove him to the Rosewood Inn in Wareham and paid for a two-night stay."

                        Since Saturday, she's helped raise even more money to get Williams another week's stay at a hotel, buying him time while she looks for more stable housing options, she said.

                        She said her friends have also been helping by sending food and clothes for Williams.

                        "I have honestly been so overwhelmed with the generosity of people coming together to help a man who has touched my heart in so many ways," Lorena said.

                        Williams had been homeless for three years and getting rest in sleeping bags and tents until their lucky encounter, she said.

                        News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                        I love the Massachusetts lottery, I have played Megabucks Doubler, by subscription, for years. I haven't won any big prizes yet, but I have won many small prizes. I like how the revenue raised is distributed to local governments.

                        We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                          What else would anyone in -8 temperatures do?
                          What was that man doing in such a cold place, in the first place?
                          Why was the woman in a situation, where she had no other duty but to be moved with pity?

                          Who in their right minds, knowing what they know about Massach. would actually be caught dead there?
                          The first obligation anyone has, in that situation is to get out.  Remove yourself from that situation.

                          The freezing cold can't feel good to anyone. Not to the old dude, not to the woman who went out of her way to help him. 

                          NO EXCUSE TO BE IN THAT SITUATION.

                          That Massachusetts and the whole northeast NONSENSE is for pilgrims and the revolutionary war, and for anyone who lived back then, and for tighter than anything roads that don't fit tractor trailer vehicles, because they were never developed back then for such large trucks, where it is illegal to keep your truck running (and how are overnight truckers supposed to keep their heaters running?), when Paul Revere rode his horse around there.

                          There was no decent winter climate back then, and no knowledge of any such place in this "new" USA country.
                          No, the climate hasn't improved, which is my point. GET OUT OF THERE. THE NORTHEAST SUCKS.
                          You're going to freeze if you're there. Yeah,  imagine that. duh!

                          Don't be a hater, that's my home state and love New England.

                           

                          Your rant has nothing to do with the positive aspects of this article, just negative views from you.

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                            Posted: February 17, 2016, 7:09 am - IP Logged

                            Very moving and heart touching!I couldn't stop tear's rolling down my check's.The Photo of Sofia and Williams really touched my heart.

                            It's really emotional story,very few people can today stop in the street to help a needy old man.The World need's more people like Sofia.

                            Everytime we hea stories of the rich alway's working hard to grow richer.I am calling on everyone to start helping needy people.

                            I am starting with you the reader.On way home this evening stop for a minute in the street and help a needy person.

                            It could have been great if Todd could have shared with us the link to GofundMe page for williams so that we can also help.

                            I Agree!

                            There are no born heroes or winners........it takes a hammer a chisel,a vision and a will to suffer the blows and be carved into one!..........