A homeless man in Philadelphia recently offered help to a woman in need, and now he is the one being blessed.
“Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him,” wrote Kate McClure, 27, on the starting entry of a GoFundMethat has now reached over $350, 000 dollars. Trying to get too far with too little gas on I-95 one night, Kate’s car stalled on her way to Philadelphia. She had never run out of gas before, and was approached by a homeless man who told her to lock her doors and he’d be right back.
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 34, used the last $20 he had to fill a can of gas for Kate’s car, and as she got to know the man who went beyond his means to help her that night, she wanted to do more to help him. Time reported that Johnny is a former ammunition technician in the Marines.Before hard times hit, he held jobs as a paramedic and a firefighter.
In an interview with her hometown paper, McClure said,“Just to see him react the way he does is such a good feeling. Shortly thereafter, the story went viral. “I mean, it really feels good,” she continued. Never expecting the fund to top $300, 000, McClure posted “Unreal,” on her Facebook page. ”We wanted to make sure he was safe, and go from there," McClure told CNN Thursday.
The original goal of the gofundme campaign was $10,000, but as it crept up past $100,000 it was taken down at the request of its beneficiary. “As support kept pouring in, McClure briefly suspended the campaign earlier this week on the request of Johnny, who didn’t want to take advantage of the kindness of strangers. She restarted it, however, by popular demand,” reported Sara Boboltz, of Huffpost.
After living on the streets for over a year, Johnny is suddenly in the position to turn around and help others in need. McClure’s boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, said that “he has a couple of places in Philadelphia that got him through and got him by. He wants to pay it forward.”
Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, http://sunnyand80.org. “Mom” is the most important calling on her life, next to encouraging others to seek Him first … authentically. A writer, dance mom, substitute teacher, youth worship leader/teacher and Bible Study leader, she can often be found having some kind of an adventure in the small little lake town where she resides with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle.
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Publication date: December 4, 2017
Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer, and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.