After Homeless Man's Selfless Act Of Kindness, Strangers Raise $400,000 For Him
Kate McClure found herself in a troubling position. She was out of gas on the side of I-95 in Philadelphia at night. After seeing her pull over, a homeless man approached her. He knew something was wrong, but told her to get back in the car and lock the doors. A few minutes later something amazing happened! The homeless man, whose name is Johnny, came back with a red can full of gas. He used his last $20 dollars and bought Kate gas to help her get home safely.
That in itself is one amazing story, but that's not where this story ends.
Kate was so appreciative of Johnny that for the next few weeks she repaid him for the gas by giving him a jacket, gloves, a hat, and warm socks, and a few dollars every time she went to see him.
After learning more about him, she decided to set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for him. Johnny Bobbitt is 34, he used to be in the Marine Corps and he worked as a paramedic. He doesn't currently have a job or a place to live.
"I am raising money for Johnny. With the money, I would like to get him first and last month's rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and 4-6 months worth of expenses. He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night's rest, his life can get back to being normal," writes Kate.
After setting up the GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000, Kate raised close to $400,000 for Johnny! He is beyond grateful. "That changes my life... [Only] $769 changes my life," Johnny says. He plans on donating some of the money too, "This money was given to help me. Why not help other people in similar situations?"
Here's an update Kate added to the GoFundMe page:
"The first thing on the list is a NEW Home which Johnny will own!! He will never have to worry about a roof over his head again!! Second will be the dream truck he's always wanted... a 1999 ford ranger (yes I'm serious). There will also be 2 trusts set up in his name, one essentially giving him the ability to collect a small "salary" each year and another retirement trust which will be wisely invested by a financial planner which he will have access to in a time frame he feels comfortable with so when the time comes he can live his retirement dream of owning a piece of land and a cabin in the country. A bank account will be set up for him with funds for every day needs that will get him through until he finds a job. And lastly, he will be donating to a few organizations and people who over the last couple of years have helped him get through this rough patch in his life. This is a well thought out plan that Johnny his lawyer and financial advisor came up with in order to give Johnny the means to acclimate back into a "normal" life and also to protect him and ensure he has a bright future."