Sheldon and others went down South for the recovery effort and raised $15,000 for one project.
Since that trip, Sheldon hasn't looked back.
"I've got to tell you, I've never experienced anything like that before, it was like a welcome home to society," he said of helping natural disaster victims. "It changed me having people accept me for the way I am it was like I woke up in paradise."
A couple of months later Sheldon joined a group with Habitat for Humanity to build some homes in Ecuador, but when the entourage left there was still work to be done.
"The weeks goes by and we're building these houses and the end of the trip comes and three houses aren't done, one of them doesn't have a roof on it," said Sheldon. "I can't leave. I don't speak a word of Spanish but I made a last minute decision to stay behind and help the families finish their homes."
It is a small village outside of Santo Domingo, Ecuador, that Sheldon agrees to stick around and go with the pastor of a small church to help the poor inhabitants of rural villages in the area.
"He tells me, 'I need you to help me right now,'" Sheldon said of the original encounter with the pastor. "I say 'OK, I have a camera, maybe we can take some photos and get a local church or organization to help out back home.'"
However, one of the scenes included a family living in a 6 by 6 foot hut, who had an infant baby that was not moving. Sheldon called his mother, Kim, who is in the medical field, begging for help with child.
"He calls me up and says he needs me to come down right away and that there's a baby dying," Kim Sheldon said. "They kept that baby alive with an eye dropper and traveled all over the country before he could save her and get a doctor to treat her."