After receiving help from a homeless man after she ran out of gas on a Philadelphia interstate, a New Jersey woman is paying the favor back.
Earlier this month, 27-year-old Kate McClure ran out of gas on Interstate 95. It was past midnight and the highway was deserted. Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 34, came to her aid. With his last $20, the Good Samaritan walked to a gas station to get her some, the Associated Press reports.
Blown away by his good deed, McClure said returned to the road to see Bobbitt. She gave him cash, clothing, and food. Then, she started a fundraiser to raise money for her new friend.
“I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,” she wrote on the GoFundMe campaign which is named ‘Paying It Forward.’ “Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him.”
Donations have poured in, and the fundraiser has reached over $146,000.
According to the Inquirer, Bobbitt was an ammunition technician in the Marines. He had also trained to be a paramedic. In August 2014, Johnny posted on Facebook that he wanted to be a flight nurse.
Reportedly, Bobbitt only blamed himself for being homeless.
“Yeah, tell me about bad luck. But don’t get me wrong. I’m here because of my own decisions. I got nobody to blame but myself.”
McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico, 38, said they couldn’t stop thinking about this selfless man.
“Johnny has reflected on his life,” D’Amico said. “He just needs a push in the right direction. I can’t imagine how hard it is. He’s from the Carolinas. He’s a thousand miles from home with nothing, nobody. Things probably snowballed to where he’s living under a bridge.”
And now, the couple are enjoying making him happy. Bobbitt is astonished by their act of paying it forward.
“Just to see him react the way he does is such a good feeling,” she said. “I mean, it really feels good.”