(PHILADELPHIA) A homeless man who used his last 20 dollars to refuel a motorist stranded in Philadelphia bought a house with part of the nearly $ 400,000 raised for him by the woman he saved.
“The feeling is indescribable and (it’s) all because of the support and generosity each of you has shown,” Johnny Bobbitt Jr. wrote on a GoFundMe page. “I will continue to thank you every day for the rest of my life.”
Kate McClure, of Florence Township, New Jersey, ran out of gas on an Interstate 95 turnoff late that night. Bobbitt walked a few blocks to buy his gas.
She had no money to pay him back at the time, but looked for him a few days later to give her the money and visited him several times to bring him food and water. She and her boyfriend created the online fundraising page as a thank you and to try and help her get back on her feet. Tuesday afternoon, the fundraiser raised more than $ 397,000.
Bobbitt served in the United States Marine Corps and worked as a paramedic in Vance County, North Carolina, before becoming homeless.
Details of how he ended up on the streets of Philadelphia have been scarce. Bobbitt said it was a mixture of “bad decisions and bad situations”.
In addition to buying his house and possibly the truck of his dreams (a 1999 Ford Ranger), he said he donates some of his money to a student at a Philadelphia elementary school who helps another homeless veteran. He hopes his fans will continue to pay him.
According to the homeless veteran’s GoFundMe page, a student at a Catholic school in Philadelphia met the man who walked home from school each day. After learning about the man’s history, he launched the campaign to help him get off the streets and reunite him with his family.
No information has been revealed on the location of Bobbitt’s new home. Bobbitt said he will have pictures of it in the coming days on his new Instagram account.
According to the GoFundMe page, two trust funds are also set up for Bobbitt, including a retirement fund and one to pay him an annual salary.