Woman Raises More Than $300,000 For Homeless Man Who Helped Her With His Last $20
Last month when a homeless vet Johnny came to save a woman stranded on Interstate 95 outside of Philadelphia at that time he never thought that it is going to be a life-changing moment for him.
That New Jersey woman helped back by raising more than $110,000 for the homeless selfless good Samaritan.
While speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer, McClure told that when was puzzled over on a deserted highway at 11 p.m. not knowing what to do. At the time, she claimed her heart was beating out of her chest.
She phoned her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, 38, and requested him to come and get her. It was then when Bobbitt Jr. emerged out from the darkness and approached her car.
Ten minutes later,’ D’Amico told, ‘she called me back and told that the man brought her gas.’
The former Marine veteran and EMT was concerned quite for her safety along the stretch of a lonely road and told her to stay inside the car while he went to fetch the fuel.
McClure, who works in the New Jersey Department of Transportation told that she did not have any money to repay him back that night.
“We drove away and went on with our lives,” said D’Amico.
But after few days the couple returned back to the same road several times to give that man some cash, clothes, and food. They also got to know him more and asked about his predicaments.
“Johnny said ‘Yeah, tell me about bad luck. But don’t get me wrong. I’m here because of my own decisions. I got nobody to blame but myself’,'” said D’Amico.
The couple was touched by how Bobbitt spurns to blame others for his miserable situation.
“I can’t stop thinking about this guy. I think about him all the time,” D’Amico told McClure.
Fortune smiled on Johnny and at present, he has $319,000 and still the counting is on to his name.
How Johnny’s kindness changed his life…
Touched by his simple act of goodwill, Kate McClure of Florence Township, New Jersey, and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, started a GoFundMe campaign 13 days back. Kate says her original intention was just to raise $10,000 for him so in order to pay first and last month’s rent on an apartment, buy a car and have money left over for few months of expenses.
By the end of Thanksgiving, donations had crossed a quarter of a million dollars.
“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,” McClure wrote in her post on Go Fund Me site.
“I repaid him for the gas, gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat, and warm socks, and I give him a few dollars every time I see him. I wish that I could do more for this kind 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.”
The homeless man Johnny turned out to be a 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a former Marine, and paramedic from Raleigh, North Carolina. A close friend from back home who wished to stay anonymous revealed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that Bobbitt’s life was destroyed by the drug and money problems, which finally led him to a year and a half of homelessness on the streets of Philadelphia.
“Johnny told, ‘Yeah, tell me about bad luck. But don’t get me wrong. I’m here because of my own decisions. I got nobody to blame but myself,’” D’Amico told the Inquirer.
The man didn’t know his act of kindness will change his life.
“This changes my life right there,” Johnny told in a video posted by McClure’s on GoFundMe page after the first $1,700 had been raised.
McClure also wrote that Bobbitt told that the staggering amount was well more than he would take and will donate the rest of the amount to a good cause.
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