27-year old Kate McClure of Florence Township, New Jersey was on her way to visit a friend in Philadelphia when she ran out of gas.
“I never ran out of gas before, and my heart was beating out of my chest,” McClure said.
That’s when she noticed a homeless man approaching her vehicle. The man was Johnny Bobbit Jr., a Marine veteran who had fallen on hard times.
“He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong,” McClure said. “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 to make sure I could get home safe.”
“He did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn’t repay him at that moment because I didn’t have any cash,” McClure continued.
McClure would later return to repay Bobbit for the gas, as well as give him a new pair of gloves, a jacket, a hat, and warm socks.
“I wished 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,” said McClure.
That’s when she decided to start a fundraiser. She set up a GoFundMe page for Bobbit, and her initial goal was $10,000. “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,” she said.
She never expected the response that her page received. Thanks to 14,352 donations, McClure was able to raise a whopping $402,831, over 40 times greater than her original goal.
Thanks to the help of a financial planner, Bobbit will now have a steady income flow and a retirement trust to help him manage his new wealth. Besides a roof over his head, Bobbit can now finally get the dream truck he’s always wanted—a 1999 Ford Ranger.
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