A New Jersey woman has raised more than $300,000 for a homeless man who helped her when she ran out of gas on her way to Philadelphia. Now, the homeless man might not stay homeless much longer.
Kate McClure, of Bordentown, was driving in Philadelphia one night along Interstate 95 and ran out of gas. A homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., used his last $20 to buy her some gas, and she promised to come back and help.
McClure drove back, repaid him, gave him some warm clothes, food, and water. She set up a fundraising page for Bobbitt on GoFundMe.
“God, that’s amazing. Damn, y’all did all that?” Bobbitt says in a YouTube video McClure posted of his reaction to the outpouring of support. “That is awesome.”
The video was from last Wednesday when they had just raised $769. As of Friday afternoon, the campaign has raised more than $300,000 dollars and more than 11,000 people donated over the last 13 days.
McClure got Bobbitt a hotel for the holiday weekend and took him shopping for essentials.
She plans to use the donations to get him a car, and pay his first and second months’ rent and other expenses, so he can get back on his feet and find a job.