While the holiday season is a known time for spreading holiday cheer and goodwill, spreading kindness is always in season. Homeless Marine Corps veteran, Johnny Bobbitt, was not expecting anything in return when he went out of his way to assist Kate McClure with her car trouble, but a kind gesture and a GoFundMe page proved things different.
Johnny Bobbitt spent his last $20 to buy gas for Kate McClure
NBC News reported on the story of Johnny Bobbitt and Kate McClure. McClure works for the New Jersey Department of Transportation and was driving into downtown Philadelphia to meet a friend. Close to midnight, the roads were nearly empty as she drove along I-95. She was on an exit ramp when her car ran out of gas. Pulling over to the shoulder of the road, McClure planned on leaving her car and hiking to the nearest gas station since it was nearby.
On her way, she met Bobbitt who told her to get back in her car and lock the door. “I’ll be back,” he said and quickly walked away. Puzzled, McClure agreed and waited patiently in her car while Bobbitt made the trip to the gas station. At the station, he used his last $20 bill to buy her gas. All day 34-year-old Jonny Bobbitt had been sitting along the side of the road panhandling. His $20 was the only money he had earned. However, he was willing to use that money to assist McClure.
McClure decided to set up a GoFundMe page to give back to Bobbitt
Thankful for his assistance, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico made several returned visits to deliver cash, gift cards, and toiletries. Wanting to do something more, the couple decided to set up a GoFundMe page to support their new friend. With an initial goal of $10,000, the couple was surprised when the total quickly surpassed their goal and reached $360,000.
Bobbitt was overjoyed at the money but does not plan on keeping it all. “I wasn’t expecting it,” he said of their generosity. “[I was] just helping someone out…I was glad to offer the help when somebody needed it.” Bobbitt said that he plans on using the money to secure lodging for himself but he also plans on donating the money to others in need. “Everybody out there is facing some kind of struggle, so if I can touch their lives, the way mine was touched, [it’d be] an amazing feeling,” Bobbitt said. “I want to feel the feeling on the opposite end.”
(H/T: NBC News )