Woman Raises $400,000 For a Homeless Man Who Gave Her His Last $20Dec 1, 2017
For many drivers, there’s nothing worse than running out of gas—especially late at night. Kate McClure recently fell victim to this travel woe. While driving into Philadelphia, she writes, “I made the mistake of thinking that I would be able to make it all the way down I- 95 with my gas light on. Needless to say, I was wrong.” This had never happened to McClure before, and she was scared. Parking her car, she prepared to head to the nearest gas station, but she didn’t have to go very far—a man named Johnny Bobbitt Jr. approached her. Homeless and sitting on the side of the road, he knew something was wrong.
“He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors.” McClure recalls. “A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can. Using his last 20 dollars to make sure I could get home safe.” At the time, the 27-year-old didn’t have any cash to pay him back. Over the next couple of weeks, however, she stopped by this same spot off the Interstate and dropped off warm clothes, food, and water.
“I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day. He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.”
While McClure’s offerings were much appreciated by Bobbitt (who would always share with his two friends), she did follow through with doing more. On November 10, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, began a GoFundMe campaign for Bobbitt.
The initial goal was $10,000 to help Bobbitt get his own place, a car, and cover his expenses for the next four to six months. “He is very interested in finding a job,” she shared on GoFundMe, “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.”
The campaign quickly reached its $10,000 goal—and much more. As of November 30, the total contributed toward Bobbitt’s second chance is over $393,000 and continues to grow. Since setting up the crowdfunding drive, McClure has learned that 34-year-old good samaritan is a former ammunition technician in the Marines.
The staggering amount raised has completely changed Bobbitt’s life, but has also presented a new challenge—what is he going to do with all that money? Luckily, McClure has a plan. In an update, she writes, “The first thing on the list is a NEW Home which Bobbitt will own!! He will never have to worry about a roof over his head again!!” The second is a dream truck for Johnny—a 1999 Ford Ranger.
In addition to these major purchases, McClure says there will be two trusts set up in Bobbitt’s name; one will allow him to collect a small “salary” each year, and another that will be a retirement trust. It “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.”
Thank you, Kate and Bobbitt, for giving us what we needed to restore our faith in humanity.