Woman raises more than $40,000 for homeless man who helped her in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — An online campaign has raised more than $40,000 for a homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist outside Philadelphia.
The GoFundMe.com campaign was started Nov. 10 by 27-year-old Kate McClure after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate-95 and a homeless man named Johnny Bobbitt Jr. offered to walk a few blocks to buy her some.
She wrote on the GoFuneMe page: “I pulled over as far as I could, and got out of the car to head to the nearest gas station. That’s when I met Johnny. Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong. He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors. 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.”
McClure says she didn’t have any money to repay him at the time, but she’s returned to the roadway several times to give him cash, clothes and food.
After a few visits, she started the fundraiser with the hopes of using the money toward housing and other expenses for the 34-year-old Bobbitt.
Nearly 1,400 people have donated to the campaign so far.