Woman Raises $300,000 for Homeless Veteran Man who Gave Her His Last $20!!
In October, Kate McClure was driving down Interstate 95 there when she ran out of gas. Scared and nervous, she got out of the car to head to the nearest gas station and met Johnny Bobbitt. He told her to get back in the vehicle and lock the door. Minutes later, he emerged with a red gas can.
He had used his last $20 to buy her gas.
Bobbitt didn’t ask for money; McClure didn’t have any then. Over the next few weeks, she gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat and socks. She would give him a few dollars each time she saw him.
But McClure wanted to do more. About two weeks ago, she and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, who both live in New Jersey, started a GoFundMe page. They hoped to raise $10,000 — enough money for first and last month’s rent, a reliable vehicle and up to six months of expenses. Normalcy.
The story ran in a local paper and later went viral. By Friday, the fund exceeded $300,000.
“I don’t have an explanation for it. I think it was the perfect storm,” D’Amico told CNN Thursday.
More than 10,000 people have made donations, the Go Fund Me page said. “We wanted to make sure he was safe, and go from there,” McClure told CNN Thursday. “I remember when we got our first donation, we were like, ‘holy crap.”
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