It’s the time of year when we’re supposed to focus on what we’re grateful for, but sometimes between the mad scramble for Black Friday deals and Christmas gifts, gratitude can diminish.
Sometimes, it takes actions speaking louder than words to rekindle our hearts, and that is exactly what happened one night when Kate McClure found herself stranded on the side of a highway with no gas in her car—all alone.
With no other choice but to walk to the nearest gas station and refuel, Kate stepped out of her car but was suddenly greeted by an unlikely face—Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man with an eager request: he wanted Kate to get back in the car, lock the doors, and wait while he hurried off to get gas for her.
Kate obliged, and just a few minutes later, Johnny returned with a red can of gas—it cost him his last $20.
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— Kate McClure (@getjohnnyahome) November 11, 2017
It was the kind of favor you could rarely even rely on a friend to do, let alone a complete stranger, and so, committed to paying it forward, Kate spent the next few weeks donating clothing and some money to Johnny.
They were small gestures, but she started to feel it wasn’t enough—that Johnny’s incredible act of selflessness deserved more.
And so Kate did something that would change both of their lives forever: she started a GoFundMe page, unlocking the power of social media and the click of a mouse so that anyone on Earth that wanted to help could.
And help they did…
“I don’t have an explanation for it,” said Mark D’Amico, Kate’s boyfriend who helped her start the GoFundMe page, “I think it was the perfect storm.”
$313,924 is the current donation amount, massively exceeding the humble $10,000 goal they’d originally set:
Over 10,000 people from around the world have donated so far.
“We wanted to make sure he was safe, and go from there,” said Kate, “I remember when we got our first donation, we were like, ‘holy crap.’”
Even when the amount had reached a mere $769, Johnny was stunned and grateful, saying in a video captured by the couple, “God, that’s amazing. Damn, y’all did all that. That is awesome.”
Johnny Bobbitt is a North Carolina native and, according to his Facebook page active before he went homeless, was studying nursing even worked as a paramedic and firefighter.
The man even served in the Marine Corps, according to his page.
As reported by CNN:
“On Wednesday night, the couple checked Bobbitt into a hotel. They gave him money for contact lenses and took him to Walmart, where he got some socks.
“Mostly, he wanted to just lay in the hotel bed and watch television, D’Amico said.
“On Thursday, D’Amico bought Johnny a computer. ‘He can’t wait to get on a computer,’” D’Amico said.
“The couple asked Bobbitt what he wanted to do with all the money. Bobbitt was hesitant to say, but he plans to make a video and explain it all, D’Amico said.”
Whatever Johnny chooses to do next is up to him, but one thing’s for sure: this Thanksgiving, he’s got more than enough to be thankful for…
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