Reward fund for Philly homeless man soars to over $300K

Carla Harmon
November 25, 2017

Kate McLure, 27, ran out of petrol while driving down Interstate 95 in Philadelphia and had no choice but to pull over on the deserted highway in the middle of the night last month.

Ms McClure said she did not have any money to repay him at the time but returned to the road several times to give him cash, clothes and food.

Johnny, 34, acted as her Good Samaritan, offering Kate, who works at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the last of his money to help her out. I never ran out of gas before, and my heart was beating out of my chest. "I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks", she wrote.

McClure said Bobbitt walked to a gas station and came back with a can filled with gas. He had used his last $20 to help Kate make it home safe.

"He plans on donating a large portion to causes that are close to his heart", D'Amico said, indicating that those causes include programs for "homeless vets and a few organizations that helped him the past year or two". The woman, in return, raised over 300,000 dollars in 13 days to pay him for a comfortable Thanksgiving resting in a hotel and a new vision for the rest of his life. Eventually she and her husband chose to start a formal effort to raise money for rent, a vehicle and other expenses until he can find a job. He said he moved to Philadelphia previous year with plans to start a new job, but when things fell through, he became homeless.

"This changes my life right there", Johnny said in a video posted to the GoFundMe page after $1,700 had been raised.

More than 11,100 people have made donations, and the donations have been continuing, the GoFundMe page showed Friday.

'I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day. I got nobody to blame but myself, ' " D'Amico told the Inquirer, adding later: "He knows where he's at and he knows what he has to do to dig himself out".

'I am raising money for Johnny. But according to McClure, Bobbitt is only interested in using a portion of the donations, just enough to help him get back on his feet and find a home and a job.

McClure wrote that Bobbitt said the staggering amount was well more than he would take and will donate the rest to a good cause.

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