Homeless Man Spends Last $20 to Help Stranded Woman – And Never Expected This

Homeless Man Spends Last $20 to Help Stranded Woman – And Never Expected This

After using his last $20 to buy gas for a woman stranded on the side of the interstate, homeless man Johnny Bobbitt Jr. has been able to buy his own home with the money raised by the grateful motorist.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kate McClure of New Jersey was heading home late one night in Philadelphia when she ran out of gas. Mr Bobbitt, a former Marine veteran and certified paramedic, happened to be in his usual spot on the side of the highway. Concerned for Kate’s safety, he instructed her to return to her vehicle and lock the door. According to Kate, Johnny walked to a nearby gas station and used his last $20 to buy her fuel.

Unable to pay him back at the time, Ms McClure continued to visit Johnny over the next few weeks, paying him back for the gas and giving him warm clothing, food and water. Feeling she wanted to do more, Kate set up a GoFundMe account to support him in renting an apartment and cover living expenses while he searched for a job. On the fundraising page, she stated, “I truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him.”

This ‘pay it forward’ fundraiser was wildly successful; Mr Bobbitt has now purchased a new home and a vehicle. Additionally, two trusts have been set up in Mr Bobbitt’s name to ensure his continued wellbeing. Kate also states that Johnny would like to ‘pay it forward’ himself by donating to the people and organizations that have helped him out over the last few years.

In 2016, there were reportedly 564,708 homeless people in America; 8% of this number (about 47,725 people) were veterans. Research shows that disabilities resulting from deployment, or mental health problems such as PTSD, depression and anxiety, can contribute to homelessness for these vets.

Returning veterans have twice the chance of becoming chronically homeless as any other American, and women veterans are four times as likely to become homeless as males.

To find out more about homelessness in America, and what you can do to help, visit The National Alliance to End Homelessness.



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11 Comments

  1. Teri J Wilson

    BRAVO! Such kind and wonderful words!

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  2. Teri J Wilson

    This is such a heartwarming story! Bless you Kate, and bless you, Johnny!!!

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  3. Conchetta

    Kate McClure … a space for you is reserved in heaven. And for you Johnny, I wish all the world’s blessings on you. Thank you for saving lives … now the universe dropped Kate into your lap to help save your life … my heart is made both happy and sad by this story.

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  4. leanne

    What a beautiful and very moving story. May God bless both Kate and Johnny. ????????

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  5. Juliette Smith

    What a wonderful and heartwarming story!! You see folks, a little kindness goes a long way. God bless and Happy Holidays everyone! ????✡

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  6. Rose Marie Wilson

    What a great, heart-warming story! What wonderful people these two are! Two acts of kindness, that resulted in a complete turn around in this man’s life, show how powerful kindness toward others can be! Life is difficult enough as it is, so why not help each other when we can? Look what happened when these two people helped each other! What an example, what an inspiration! I wish continued good luck to Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr.!

    It boggles the mind that so many of our veterans become homeless! Why is that allowed to happen?? Where are their families? Where is our government?? There is so much wealth in this country, that no one should have to become homeless! All the money in this country is in the wrong hands!!!

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  7. Judy Germain

    Beautiful story. Clearly he is a good man to have spent his last 20 dollars to help this woman a total stranger.

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  8. Mel R

    Wow very touching and wonderful!!….but it’s disgusting that our vets are in this situation and that they aren’t taken better care of!!!!

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  9. cindi scholefield

    All he needed was that one little step-up and the universe conspired to give him the chance he needed. Kindness begets kindness. I wish everyone believed and acted on this.

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