A homeless Marine veteran and EMT spent all the money he had to help a stranded female motorist- and now he’s being repaid in a big way.
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless veteran from the Philadelphia area, reportedly gave unsolicited assistance to 27-year-old Kate McClure, who an out of fuel on a deserted highway outside the city.
Initially afraid of Bobbitt, McClure was apprehensive and called her boyfriend -Mark D’Amico- for backup and immediate extraction.
“Ten minutes later,” Mark D’Amico said, “she called me and said the guy brought her gas.”
She couldn’t repay the man, but he didn’t want anything in return. As she started her vehicle, he disappeared into the night.
Not long after, the grateful boyfriend and his once-stranded lady realized they had Bobbitt on the brain.
Soon after, they repeatedly returned to the site where she was stranded, returning until they could find the man who helped McClure. Soon, they not only found him but began to know more about him. While they gave him food, cash and clothes- it just didn’t seem enough.
“I can’t stop thinking about this guy. I think about him all the time,” D’Amico texted McClure. “OMG! Me, too!” McClure replied. And that’s when they decided to crowdfund $10,000 for Bobbitt to get back on track.
Little did they know that their $10,000 target would be surpassed, becoming $360,000 in donations.
According to Rare, Bobbitt said he was overwhelmed and vowed to pay it forward by donating a portion of the money to help others.
“That’s how I got the money to start with, from other people,” he said. “[I have to] return the favor. I can’t constantly take and not give back.”
For a man who lost everything, generosity seems to come naturally to Bobbett.
“This money was given to help me. Why not help other people in similar situations or people that are actively helping other people in different situations?” he said. “Everybody out there is facing some kind of struggle, so if I can touch their life, the way mine was touched, [it’d be] an amazing feeling,” Bobbitt said. “I want to feel the feeling on the opposite end.”