Johnny Bobbitt Jr., the homeless Marine Corps veteran who used his last $20 to purchase gas for Kate McClure after she became stranded on the side of the interstate, is now getting back on his feet thanks to a GoFundMe campaign started by McClure. Nearly $400,000 was raised, giving him enough funds to buy a truck and a house.
The incident that started it all occurred last month, when McClure ran out of gas while traveling to visit a friend. When she pulled over on I-95, Bobbitt Jr., who was a paramedic before he became homeless, came to her aid, telling her to wait in the car with the doors locked until he returned.
Bobbitt Jr. walked several blocks and used his last $20 to purchase fuel for McClure’s vehicle.
According to a report by ABC News, he stated, “I just got her gas to help her get back on her way. I didn’t think anything about it. I wasn’t expecting anything in return.”
Bobbitt Jr. continued, “That’s how I got the money to start with, from other people. [I had to] return the favor. I can’t constantly take and not give back.”
To show her appreciation, McClure did more than just repay him the $20. She, along with her boyfriend Mark D’Amico, began visiting Bobbitt Jr., bringing along gift cards, money, and toiletries.
Even though McClure was able to pay him back, she decided to set up a GoFundMe campaign to help him get on his feet again. She set the initial target to $10,000, hoping to earn enough for Bobbitt Jr. to secure an apartment.
Instead of only reaching the goal, the campaign went viral and, as of this writing, has gathered just shy of $400,000 in donations.
With the money that was raised, Bobbitt Jr. was able to purchase a home along with his dream truck, a 1999 Ford Ranger. He also bought a computer and is hoping to donate to individuals and groups who have assisted him in the past.
According to Yahoo News, two trusts will be established in his name, one of which will provide a small amount monthly while the other will function as a retirement trust.