'He asked for nothing': The incredible story of how one woman, 27, has raised $110,000 in 12 days for a homeless veteran who gave her his LAST $20 for gas when she was stranded on the highway

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Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:08 pm

What a great story


A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man last month after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised more than $110,000 for the selfless good Samaritan.
Kate McClure, 27, started the GoFundMe campaign 12 days ago after she ran into trouble on Interstate 95 and Johnny Bobbitt Jr., came to her rescue with his last $20.
Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer, McClure said that she didn't know what to do when she pulled over on the deserted highway just before midnight. 'My heart was beating out of my chest.'
She phoned her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, 38, and asked him to come and get her. It was then that Bobbitt Jr. emerged from the darkness and approached her car.

'Ten minutes later,' D’Amico said, 'she called me and said the guy brought her gas.' 
The former Marine veteran and EMT was concerned for her safety along the stretch of road and told her to lock the doors and stay in her car while he went to fetch the fuel.

McClure, who works for the New Jersey Department of Transportation said she didn't have any money to repay him that night.
'We drove away and went on with our lives,' D’Amico said. 
But over the next few days the couple returned to the road several times to give him cash, clothes and food.
They also got to know him more and talked about his predicament.
'Johnny said, "Yeah, tell me about bad luck. But don’t get me wrong. I’m here because of my own decisions. I got nobody to blame but myself",' D'Amico said.
D'Amico and McClure were struck by how Bobbitt refused to blame others for his situation.
'I can’t stop thinking about this guy. I think about him all the time,' D'Amico texted McClure.
'OMG! Me, too!' McClure replied.
D’Amico gathered up old winter clothes, a black knit cap, and black insulated gloves. 
He and McClure then bought him a six-pack of tube socks, a bunch of granola bars, and basic toiletries. 

'He was very excited,' D’Amico said. 
'He shook my hand and he gave her a bear hug,' McClure said.
'He said he’d go to Wawa right away and buy dinner. He loves the pepperoni hoagies.'
'And the pepperoni and cheese bagels,' D’Amico said.
The couple said they were impressed by Bobbitt's desire to share the gifts he received from them with his other homeless friends. This, they say, inspired them to do more.
'They all look out for each other,' McClure said. 
'Mark and I got back in the car and we were like, "Man, if we could change this guy’s life." And that’s when we came up with the idea of GoFundMe.'
Learning more about Bobbitt they resolved to get him back on his feet, but did not anticipate the level of generosity from the public. 
After a few visits, she started the fundraiser with the hopes of using the money toward housing and other expenses for the 34-year-old Bobbitt.
'I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,' she wrote on the fundraising page.  
Donations have poured in, and the fundraiser has shattered its goal of raising $10,000 for Bobbitt. 
McClure and D'Amico said that they will manage all of the funds that have been donated to Bobbitt.
The cash will go toward renting an apartment for Bobbitt and paying for necessities like food, clothing, cellphone, and transportation.
He will also receive a small amount of cash for walking-around money.
During the course of her conversations with him, McClure learned that Bobbitt Jr is a homeless veteran, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Originally from the Raleigh, North Carolina area, he served in the Marines as an ammunition technician.
His Facebook page shows photos of happier times in his life, including a romantic relationship that ended in 2014.
Bobbitt also had career goals - training to be a paramedic and working long shifts.

He is seen playfully carrying a dog and smiling while standing beside a medical rescue helicopter. 
In August 2014, he wrote that he wanted to be a flight nurse. 
His life took an unfortunate turn that left him homeless in Philadelphia for the past 18 months.
Bobbitt fell onto hard times - encountering money problems. He also turned to drugs and had several run-ins with the law.
His friends say he has a 'good heart' and that if he wanted to he could be a doctor.
In November 2014, he posted an inspirational message on his Facebook page: 'It’s never too late to turn it all around. Be honest with yourself and others.'
About 3,100 people had given to the campaign by Wednesday evening.
'Driving into Philly one night, I made the mistake of thinking that I would be able to make it all the way down I- 95 with my gas light on,' McClure wrote on GoFundMe.
'Needless to say, I was wrong. I never ran out of gas before, and my heart was beating out of my chest. 
'I pulled over as far as I could, and got out of the car to head to the nearest gas station.
'That’s when I met Johnny. 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.
'Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn’t repay him at that moment because I didn’t have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks.
'I repaid him for the gas, gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat, and warm socks, and I give him a few dollars every time I see him.
'I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day. 
'He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.














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Post by magica on Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:17 pm

Aww what a lovely story. None of us know if they might happen to us. He blames no one but himself.

I hope he gets to turn his life around for the better.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:38 pm

It's up to $140,000 now.

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Post by Syl on Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:58 pm

Its a lovely story.
It just shows that there for the grace of God go any of us....no one can foresee what lies ahead.

I hope Mt Bobbit manages to get back on his feet....and how nice were the couple who went out of their way to repay his kindness.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:07 pm

Syl wrote:Its a lovely story.
It just shows that there for the grace of God go any of us....no one can foresee what lies ahead.

I hope Mt Bobbit manages to get back on his feet....and how nice were the couple who went out of their way to repay his kindness.

He is thinking of re-certifying as a paramedic--which he apparently was in the Marines--and applying to Fire Departments in the New Jersey and Philadelphia/eastern Pennsylvania areas.

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Post by Didge on Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:09 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:What a great story


A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man last month after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised more than $110,000 for the selfless good Samaritan.
Kate McClure, 27, started the GoFundMe campaign 12 days ago after she ran into trouble on Interstate 95 and Johnny Bobbitt Jr., came to her rescue with his last $20.
Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer, McClure said that she didn't know what to do when she pulled over on the deserted highway just before midnight. 'My heart was beating out of my chest.'
She phoned her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, 38, and asked him to come and get her. It was then that Bobbitt Jr. emerged from the darkness and approached her car.

'Ten minutes later,' D’Amico said, 'she called me and said the guy brought her gas.' 
The former Marine veteran and EMT was concerned for her safety along the stretch of road and told her to lock the doors and stay in her car while he went to fetch the fuel.

McClure, who works for the New Jersey Department of Transportation said she didn't have any money to repay him that night.
'We drove away and went on with our lives,' D’Amico said. 
But over the next few days the couple returned to the road several times to give him cash, clothes and food.
They also got to know him more and talked about his predicament.
'Johnny said, "Yeah, tell me about bad luck. But don’t get me wrong. I’m here because of my own decisions. I got nobody to blame but myself",' D'Amico said.
D'Amico and McClure were struck by how Bobbitt refused to blame others for his situation.
'I can’t stop thinking about this guy. I think about him all the time,' D'Amico texted McClure.
'OMG! Me, too!' McClure replied.
D’Amico gathered up old winter clothes, a black knit cap, and black insulated gloves. 
He and McClure then bought him a six-pack of tube socks, a bunch of granola bars, and basic toiletries. 

'He was very excited,' D’Amico said. 
'He shook my hand and he gave her a bear hug,' McClure said.
'He said he’d go to Wawa right away and buy dinner. He loves the pepperoni hoagies.'
'And the pepperoni and cheese bagels,' D’Amico said.
The couple said they were impressed by Bobbitt's desire to share the gifts he received from them with his other homeless friends. This, they say, inspired them to do more.
'They all look out for each other,' McClure said. 
'Mark and I got back in the car and we were like, "Man, if we could change this guy’s life." And that’s when we came up with the idea of GoFundMe.'
Learning more about Bobbitt they resolved to get him back on his feet, but did not anticipate the level of generosity from the public. 
After a few visits, she started the fundraiser with the hopes of using the money toward housing and other expenses for the 34-year-old Bobbitt.
'I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,' she wrote on the fundraising page.  
Donations have poured in, and the fundraiser has shattered its goal of raising $10,000 for Bobbitt. 
McClure and D'Amico said that they will manage all of the funds that have been donated to Bobbitt.
The cash will go toward renting an apartment for Bobbitt and paying for necessities like food, clothing, cellphone, and transportation.
He will also receive a small amount of cash for walking-around money.
During the course of her conversations with him, McClure learned that Bobbitt Jr is a homeless veteran, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Originally from the Raleigh, North Carolina area, he served in the Marines as an ammunition technician.
His Facebook page shows photos of happier times in his life, including a romantic relationship that ended in 2014.
Bobbitt also had career goals - training to be a paramedic and working long shifts.

He is seen playfully carrying a dog and smiling while standing beside a medical rescue helicopter. 
In August 2014, he wrote that he wanted to be a flight nurse. 
His life took an unfortunate turn that left him homeless in Philadelphia for the past 18 months.
Bobbitt fell onto hard times - encountering money problems. He also turned to drugs and had several run-ins with the law.
His friends say he has a 'good heart' and that if he wanted to he could be a doctor.
In November 2014, he posted an inspirational message on his Facebook page: 'It’s never too late to turn it all around. Be honest with yourself and others.'
About 3,100 people had given to the campaign by Wednesday evening.
'Driving into Philly one night, I made the mistake of thinking that I would be able to make it all the way down I- 95 with my gas light on,' McClure wrote on GoFundMe.
'Needless to say, I was wrong. I never ran out of gas before, and my heart was beating out of my chest. 
'I pulled over as far as I could, and got out of the car to head to the nearest gas station.
'That’s when I met Johnny. 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.
'Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn’t repay him at that moment because I didn’t have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks.
'I repaid him for the gas, gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat, and warm socks, and I give him a few dollars every time I see him.
'I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day. 
'He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.














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I agree, it is a great story

Really needs to be put in the inspirational section

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Post by Syl on Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:15 pm

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Syl wrote:Its a lovely story.
It just shows that there for the grace of God go any of us....no one can foresee what lies ahead.

I hope Mt Bobbit manages to get back on his feet....and how nice were the couple who went out of their way to repay his kindness.

He is thinking of re-certifying as a paramedic--which he apparently was in the Marines--and applying to Fire Departments in the New Jersey and Philadelphia/eastern Pennsylvania areas.

Its a tragedy how many ex servicemen are living on the streets.
I have never seen so many homeless people living rough in Manchester and its surrounding areas.

I hate to preach, but I hope people buy them a hot drink if they are able to when the weather is so cold.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:22 pm

Amen.

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Post by Syl on Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:27 pm

Original Quill wrote:Amen.

Laughing

It WAS short and sweet though.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:04 pm

lol!

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