After a homeless veteran gives his last $20 to a 27-year-old woman for gas, he has received hundreds of dollars in donations. He plans to pay it forward with the donations.
Per Daily Mail:
Marine Corps vet Johnny Bobbitt said he’s been ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity of strangers after Kate McClure’s fundraising campaign smashed its initial $10,000 target. Donations currently stand at more than $360,000 as money continues to pour in to help Bobbitt get back on his feet.
Bobbitt was reunited with McClure on Good Morning America on Sunday where he pledged to pay forward his donations 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.’
‘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 added. ‘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.’
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 26, 2017
McClure, 27, started the GoFundMe campaignafter she ran into trouble on Interstate 95 and Johnny Bobbitt Jr., came to her rescue with his last $20.
Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer, McClure said that she didn’t know what to do when she pulled over on the deserted highway just before midnight. ‘My heart was beating out of my chest.’
She phoned her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, 38, and asked him to come and get her. It was then that Bobbitt Jr. emerged from the darkness and approached her car.
‘Ten minutes later,’ D’Amico said, ‘she called me and said the guy brought her gas.’
The former Marine veteran and EMT was concerned for her safety along the stretch of road and told her to lock the doors and stay in her car while he went to fetch the fuel. McClure, who works for the New Jersey Department of Transportation said she didn’t have any money to repay him that night.
What a moving story. It clearly had a huge impact on both of their lives and will continue to impact many more as he pays it forward.