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

25 Novembre, 2017, 01:13 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Reward fund for Philly homeless man soars to over $300K

Kate McClure's auto ran out of gas one night on I-95, on her way into Philadelphia.

McClure has been dropping by his spot on the Interstate to repay him for the gas, provide him with warm clothes, food and water since that act of kindness.

"WOW! I was kind of hoping I would wake up and things would've slowed down a bit... guess not you guys are unbelievable!" tweeted Kate McClure, who started the campaign with her boyfriend earlier this month. She made a decision to start a fundraiser for Johnny.

Minutes later, he emerged with a red gas can, which he paid with his last 20 dollars. Using his last 20 dollars to make sure I could get home safe.

Mark D'Amico, who launched the fundraising campaign with his girlfriend, Kate McClure, the original woman in distress, said they and Bobbitt, an ex-Marine, will be meeting with a financial adviser and a lawyer next week to work out the details and to ensure the money is used wisely. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him'. 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.

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Still, the 27-year-old woman wanted to do more. In response, Bobbitt, according to McClure, said he couldn't wait to show "the guys" what she had just brought him, referring to a couple of friends he hangs out with.

"I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night's sleep, his life can get back to normal", she wrote. He has been homeless for about a year after moving to Philadelphia for a job that fell through.

Wanting to do more to repay the selfless act of kindness, Kate set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Johnny - and it has raised almost $115,000 (£86,448) so far.

"She just seemed like she needed help", Bobbitt said. 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". According to McClure, 27, who works for the New Jersey department of transportation, Bobbitt, 34, told her to get back in her vehicle and lock the door.

The question now is, what does Johnny Bobbitt plan to do with all that money?

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