Kate McClure was driving down Interstate 95 in Philadelphia when her car ran out of gas. When she pulled over on the side of the road, a man approached her.
“He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong,” McClure told People. “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.”
The man turned out to be Johnny Bobbitt, Jr., a 34-year-old homeless veteran. McClure was so touched by this stranger’s kindness that she was determined to help him in any way she could. She began to visit him often, giving him money, clothes, food and supplies.
But McClure didn’t stop there. She and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, have set up a GoFundMe page for Bobbitt, hoping to raise enough money to get him back on his feet. “He knows where he’s at and he knows what he has to do to dig himself out,” D’Amico told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s almost impossible to dig himself out if he has nobody and nothing. If we can raise enough money to set him up for a few months, where he doesn’t have to worry about where he’s going to sleep and what he’s going to eat, then he can get a job and go about his life.”
People responded to Bobbitt’s story, and the couple has so far raised $313,214 on his behalf. For her part, McClure is more than happy to be able to pay back the man who helped her out when she needed it. “Just to see him react the way he does is such a good feeling,” she told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I mean, it really feels good.”
We wish Bobbitt all the best as he rebuilds his life!