PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised more than $350,000 for the man.
Kate McClure, 27, was heading to Philadelphia to visit a friend last month when she ran out of gas on Interstate 95. The Florence Township woman pulled over and began to worry until a homeless man approached her.
The 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr. told her it wasn’t safe and he bought McClure gas with his last $20.
McClure promised she would return to pay him and started the Gofundme.com campaign.
“I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,” she wrote on the fundraising page. “Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him.”
Donations have poured in, and the fundraiser has shattered its goal of raising $10,000 for Bobbitt.
McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, have since raised more than $350,000 as of Saturday morning for the former ammunition technician.
The pair hope to get “Johnny” an apartment and help with transportation.
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