This woman has raised over $110,000 for a homeless marine veteran who gave her his last $20
Across the USA today, people are coming together to celebrate the things that they are thankful for. Some people might be grateful for their family and friends, and their support during hard times. Others are thankful for their jobs, and being able to provide for themselves and their household. And, although it might not be mentioned by everyone, the vast majority of people joining in with festivities should acknowledge how fortunate they are to have a roof over their heads and food on the table.
Because for people like Johnny Bobbit Jr, food and shelter were luxuries he couldn't afford.
That was until he committed an act of pure selflessness, and was rewarded with the best Thanksgiving gift in return.
Kate Mclure, a woman from New Jersey, encountered Johnny one day when her car came to a stop on the I-95. She had run out of gas and was feeling pretty helpless.
"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," she said. "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."
Understandably, Kate was pretty shaken up. Luckily for her, however, Johnny had seen what had happened.
"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."
Now, this might cause some people to panic even more, but Kate could tell Johnny was a good guy.
"A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can. Using his last 20 dollars to make sure I could get home safe."
So here was a guy who had next to nothing, spending his last $20 on a woman who had her own car and a home to go to. Unfortunately, Kate didn't have a penny on her at the time, so she couldn't reimburse him. To thank him for his trouble and generosity, though, she returned to his spot several times after that to give him money and warm clothes.
But she didn't think that was enough.
"I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day," she said. "He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more."
So she set up a GoFundMe.
Her campaign was simple:
"I am raising money for Johnny. With the money, I would like to get him first and last month’s rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and 4-6 months worth of expenses. He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal."
"Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him.
Please help this man get into a home. It is already getting so cold out in Philadelphia, and I can’t imagine what it will be like to be out there all winter. Any little bit will help."
She originally set a target of $10,000, but has achieved over tenfold of that, and Johnny's fund is now sitting at just under $115,000. Commentors on the site praised Kate and her partner, Mark, for helping the guy out - but also Johnny himself, who is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, and was a firefighter/paramedic.
In the latest update from the campaign, Kate said:
"Tonight we took Johnny shopping for some essentials!! We got him in a hotel for the holiday weekend while we decide where his new HOME will be!!!! Mark and I would like to say thank you for the tremendous wave of support this has received. This has surpassed our wildest expectations ... You guys are amazing! I hope everyone has a great holiday!! You’ll be hearing from Johnny soon."
Tremendous work all round, guys.