Marine Corps veteran Johnny Bobbitt was homeless and living under a bridge when he came across Kate McClure. She had just run out of gas and found herself stranded. Bobbitt had acquired $20 throughout the day panhandling and gave all his money to McClure. Little did Bobbitt know, McClure would repay his generosity with a GoFundMe Account.
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Over the next two months, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico would visit Bobbitt and bring him basic supplies and gift cards. Wishing to do more for him, McClure created a GoFundMe page, according to ABC News.
She explained her story and set the goal amount to $100,000. Within the next month, McClure and other donors raised $360,000.
The two were recently interviewed on “Good Morning America.” During the interview, Bobbitt said he was “overwhelmed” by complete strangers raising money for him.
“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,” he said.” “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.”
He told “Good Morning America” how hard it is being homeless. “It does get kind of lonely out there. People treat you differently … when you’re homeless,” he said in dismay. “People don’t look at you the same.”
A friendship blossomed after McClure and Bobbitt’s encounter and changed his entire life around. He especially likes the fact that McClure and her boyfriend treat him like a regular person.
Bobbitt has some plans on how he plans to spend the money, some of which involves giving back to charities, finding a place to live and obtaining a vehicle.
When pushed on the issue further, Bobbitt simple said, “I want to change my life, but you know it just happened,” he said. “I need time to figure it all out.”