A 27-year-old Kate McClure, from New Jersey, has raised more than $160,000 for the homeless man who used his last $20 for gas while she was stranded on the side of the road.
The woman and her boyfriend are now looking to find the good Samaritan a home and help him get back on his feet. McClure had to pull over on I-95 in Philadelphia during a trip to see her friend.
According to NY Daily News,he spotted the man identified as Johnny Bobbitt on the side of the road, who seemed to tell she had a problem as she nudged the car to the side of the road.
“My heart was beating out of my chest,” McClure recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I didn’t know what the heck to do.” He told her to lock the doors and disappeared.
Bobbitt, a former Marine who’s fallen on hard times, returned a few minutes later with a red can of gas — having paid for it with the last $20 to his name.“
Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn’t repay him at that moment because I didn’t have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page set up for him to raise $10,000.
The money, she said on the page, would pay the first and last month rent on an apartment as well as expenses while Bobbitt got on his feet. But the page has since gone viral, raising more than $161,000 as of Thursday morning.
“That changes my life, right there,” he said in a video taken by McClure. Bobbitt told the couple he served in the Marines and became a certified paramedic. He arrived in Philadelphia a year earlier with a job lined up.
But it didn’t come through, he told them, and work became hard to find when he lost important paperwork.