Woman raises more than $370K for homeless man who helped her

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Monday, November 27, 2017
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It's an act of kindness that's getting national attention. More than $370,000 has been raised for a local homeless man who helped a stranded woman get home safely.

Kate McClure's car ran out of gas one night on I-95, on her way into Philadelphia.

She got out of her car and started making her way towards the nearest gas station. That's when she met Johnny Bobbitt Jr.

"Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong. 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," McClure said.

He had used his last $20 to help McClure make it home safe.

"I got her gas to get her back on her way. I wasn't expecting anything in return," Johnny said.

McClure was determined to pay him back. She started by stopping by his spot and repaying him for the gas, she gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat, and warm socks.

"Me and my boyfriend Mark went back the next day. He gave him $100," McClure told ABC News.

"I was ecstatic," Johnny explained.

However, McClure wanted to do more. So, she created a GoFundMe page to help him out. The donations started pouring in and it quickly went from zero to more than $379,000.

"It's like winning the lottery," Johnny said.

It was just less than a week ago that Bobbitt Jr. was sleeping under a bridge. Now, he's been given what he calls a second chance.

"I want to change my life. I want to give a lot of it away," he said.

Johnnie says with the windfall he wants a place to live, and has no plans for a brand new car. A used truck is more his speed.


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