Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Woman raises $100000 for homeless man who saved her on deserted highway

Woman raises $100000 for homeless man who saved her on deserted highway

The GoFundMe.com campaign was started November 10 by 27-year-old Kate McClure after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate-95 and a homeless man named Johnny Bobbitt Jr. offered to walk a few blocks to buy her some. The Florence Township woman pulled over and began to worry until a homeless man approached her.

The man, named Johnny, went to the gas station, filled a can with gas and paid with his last $20.

At the time McClure didn't have any cash to give him but returned to the road several times bringing cash, clothes and food for Bobbitt.

Johnny told her to get back in her vehicle because the area was "unsafe", then walked to a nearby gas station and reportedly used his last 20 dollars to buy her gas. "That's when I met Johnny", McClure wrote on the GoFundMe raising money for the man. A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can. Originally from North Carolina, he served in the Marines as an ammunition technician and his social media posts show him during happier times.


"I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night's rest, his life can get back to being normal", McClure wrote.

McClure said she did not have money to pay Bobbitt back the night he helped her.

Describing him as a "great guy", she said she hoped to raise enough money to help Johnny rent an apartment and a vehicle and cover six months of living costs. Since then almost 4,000 people have donated, and more than $115,000 has been raised. "Hopefully, with your help, I can be the one to give it to him".

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