Kate McClure had meant to lift $10,000 for Johnny Bobbitt, as a substitute she has raised greater than $252,000
Kate McClure was on her solution to Philadelphia when she met Johnny Bobbitt Jr.
He’s a homeless man. However at that second, she was the one in want of assist.
McClure ran out of fuel whereas driving on I-95 final month. She stopped on the nearest exit ramp, her coronary heart pounding as she acquired out of the automobile to discover a fuel station, she mentioned.
Then she met Bobbitt, who was sitting on the facet of the street close to the exit ramp holding an indication.
“He noticed me pull over and knew one thing was incorrect,” McClure recalled. “He informed me to get again within the automobile and lock the doorways.”
McClure mentioned Bobbitt walked to a fuel station and got here again with a can stuffed with fuel. He had spent $20 – the one cash he had – to purchase it.
McClure determined to provide again, so she began a GoFundMe marketing campaign about two weeks in the past to lift cash to assist Bobbitt get again on his ft. She had meant to lift $10,000 to pay for an condo, a car and different bills for the following 4 to 6 months.
She has raised greater than $252,000 as of Thursday afternoon.
The Washington Submit was unable to succeed in McClure Thursday, however she talked about her likelihood assembly with Bobbitt on the GoFundMe web page.
“Johnny didn’t ask me for a greenback, and I could not repay him at that second as a result of I did not have any money,” she wrote.
She mentioned she has been driving again to Bobbitt’s spot over the previous few weeks, giving him just a few each time. She additionally repaid him, gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat and socks.
“Someday I ended to see him and had just a few issues in a bag to provide him, one in every of which was a field of cereal bars so he might have one thing that he might carry round and eat,” McClure wrote. “He was very appreciative as traditional and the very first thing he mentioned was, ‘Would you like one?’ ”
One other day, McClure mentioned she gave Bobbitt two reward playing cards from the Wawa comfort retailer and a case of water. In response, Bobbitt, in response to McClure, mentioned he could not wait to indicate “the blokes” what she had simply introduced him, referring to a few pals he hangs out with.
“If these 2 statements alone don’t provide you with a glimpse of the great coronary heart this man has, I am unsure something will,” McClure mentioned.
Bobbitt, who’s from North Carolina, turned homeless due to issues with medicine and cash, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The 34-year-old has been residing on the streets for a 12 months and a half.
Public data present arrests in North Carolina courting again to 2001.
The Submit referred to as a quantity registered beneath the names of Bobbitt’s family members in Henderson, North Carolina, greater than 40 miles northeast of Raleigh. A person who answered mentioned they “don’t need to make a remark at the moment. I am positive you’d respect our privateness.”
A Fb web page that seems to belong to Bobbitt has not been up to date for greater than a 12 months. Three-year-old images painting a person who appeared to be, at one level, residing fortunately with a major different and their canines. One image from June 2014 reveals a clean-shaven Bobbitt smiling subsequent to a girl sporting a pink and white long-sleeve shirt and a canine.
McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, informed the Inquirer that they’ve gotten to know Bobbitt over the previous weeks.
D’Amico mentioned Bobbitt had talked to them about how his life took a flip for the more serious.
“Johnny mentioned, ‘Yeah, inform me about dangerous luck. However do not get me incorrect. I am right here due to my very own selections. I acquired no person responsible however myself,’ ” D’Amico informed the Inquirer, including later: “He is aware of the place he is at and he is aware of what he has to do to dig himself out.”
McClure wrote on the GoFundMe web page that she believes Bobbitt is pushed to discover a job.
“I imagine that with a spot to have the ability to clear up each evening and get an excellent evening’s sleep, his life can get again to regular,” she wrote. “Really imagine that every one Johnny wants is one little break.”
Simply earlier than Thanksgiving, McClure shared an replace on Bobbitt. She mentioned she and her boyfriend had discovered a lodge the place Bobbitt can keep for the vacation weekend whereas they work on discovering him a everlasting dwelling.
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