WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kate McClure was driving down I- 95 one night when she ran out of gas and became stranded on the interstate.
- A homeless man spotted her vehicle and unselfishly spent his last $20 to buy her gas.
- Moved by the man’s selflessness, McClure started a fundraiser, which now has over $400K, to help him get his life back.
Kate McClure started a fundraiser titled “Paying it Forward” in GoFundMe to help a homeless veteran who rescued her when she became stranded alone on a major interstate one night.
Johnny Bobbitt, a 34-year-old homeless veteran, approached her when she “got out of the car to head to the nearest gas station”.
“Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong,” the 27-year-old McClure wrote. “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 found out that Johnny is a Marine Corps veteran and a former firefighter. She shared her story on the GoFundMe page she started hoping to raise funds for him.
She has been stopping by his spot since to give essentials to stay warm and repaid him for the gas. Although Johnny didn’t ask for a dollar, as of this writing, her GoFundMe page has raised more than $400,000.
When Kate started the fundraiser, her goal was $10,000, just enough to help him get an apartment, a reliable car and to cover 4-6 months’ worth of expenses.
To give readers a glimpse of Johnny’s good heart, Kate wrote: “He was very appreciative as usual … he said ‘do you want one?’”, when she gave him a box of cereals. And when she dropped off a case of water, “the first words that came out of his mouth were ‘I can’t wait to show the guys’ (there are 2 others he hangs out with and they all take care of each other).”
Kate wrote an update telling Bobbitt’s plans for the ever-growing funds. “The second we told Johnny about this, his first thought was to pay forward the pay it forward. He is fully aware of the worldwide interest in this over the last few days. It will be his decision and his decision only on what organizations and or private parties he decides to help.”
According to ABC News, neither McClure nor Bobbitt immediately responded to request for comment.
Source: ABC News