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Massachusetts woman spent lottery winnings to help homeless man

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sully16's avatar - sharan
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Posted: February 17, 2016, 8:28 am - IP Logged

Great STORY! Blessings to both of them.

Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

For a lead role in a cage?

 

                                            From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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    Posted: February 17, 2016, 9:00 am - IP Logged

    He has nothing most people have, he looks like most people don't, his begging is what

    most people will never have to do. He is disheaveled, dirty and probably has an odor.

    People do not help because of fear, ridicule, disgust or indifference. Look at his eyes.

    He and others like him are just like us...we are human. I remember being taught growing

    up that Jesus can appear in the most helpless of forms, what a person does when faced

    with those who are less fortunate than ourselves determines what our rewards will be.

    Rewards aren't just money, they can be good health, happy family, drive, desire and capa-

    bility to continue doing good, strength to do right, to do great things and to be a good person.

    This is a fantastic story and I would hope that what she did will encourage some to do the same

    or something similar. It might teach others hearing about it that it is normal to help and abnormal

    to ignore those less fortunate than us. She is a shining star, thank God for people like her.

      ekem6078's avatar - winter
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      Posted: February 17, 2016, 10:05 am - IP Logged

      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!

      KARMA is a mother dude.   Hope this comment don't come back and bite you in the ass.   This old man may be you one day.   God don't like ugly.

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        Posted: February 17, 2016, 10:12 am - IP Logged

        One of Gods true Angels.  Way to go Sofia.  It's good to know their is still some good people in this world.  May God pour out you with many many blessings for your act of kindness.   What is the 'GO FUND ME' page listed under.  I wont to contriube too.

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          Posted: February 17, 2016, 10:18 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!  I'll like to give, to it too.  Hope Todd share the link.

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            Posted: February 17, 2016, 12:45 pm - 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)

            Just set up a twitter page!

            @WelldoneSofia

            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!..........

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              Posted: February 17, 2016, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

              That is awesome!! Giving to someone who is less fortunate than u is always great to see. People are always caught uo in their own greed , money , material things. 

              It's great to see that we have people in this world who thinks of someone else , besides themselves. We all can take a lesson from that!! In the end we all could of been him or her homeless or worse!!

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                Posted: February 17, 2016, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

                What a great story!  I am very glad that the stars aligned and Sofia met Glenn, and felt compassion for her fellow man.  Too many times "Man's inhumanity to Man" is all the media likes to report.

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                  Posted: February 17, 2016, 2:38 pm - IP Logged

                  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.

                  Mr. BlueDog,

                  Those comments about Massachussets were from my personal experience as a truck driver.
                  I feel strongly about what I've stated. I'm sorry if you are personally offended.

                  Mr. Groppo

                  • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                  • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                  • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                            (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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                    Posted: February 17, 2016, 2:47 pm - IP Logged

                    KARMA is a mother dude.   Hope this comment don't come back and bite you in the ass.   This old man may be you one day.   God don't like ugly.

                    Mr. Eke6078,

                    I tell you what. Where I plan to go, though it is mostly warm and better suited for human life, I will find
                    someone down on their luck. I may not give them money, right off hand, but I will offer them something
                    to eat, at the nearest fast food place or something like that. I too am capable of charity. I will just not be
                    caught dead where I know I can't live, and encourage others to leave.

                    Mr. Groppo

                    • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                    • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                    • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                              (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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                      Posted: February 17, 2016, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

                      I was in tears as I read this story. God Bless her and him. I would do the same thing. I won pick3 for 500 a few years ago and there was a homeless couple with  thier small child with them. I told my daughter to turn the car around and I gave them money to get food. you never know what people are going through. It coud happen to any of us.

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                        Posted: February 17, 2016, 5:03 pm - IP Logged

                        Such lovely spirit!  I hope she get invited into Ellen and gets a nice reward LOL!

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                          Posted: February 18, 2016, 1:21 am - IP Logged

                          This lady has no clue she helped nick nolte out.

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                            Posted: February 18, 2016, 7:17 am - IP Logged

                            Blessings will come Sofia's way.  Makes my heart feel good.

                            Happy healthy wealthy and wise.

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                              Posted: February 18, 2016, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

                              She is an angel.  God bless her and him.

                              Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

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