Woman raises £300k for homeless man who gave her his last £15
A fund that was set up to raise money for a homeless man who helped a woman when her car ran out of petrol has now reached over £300,000.
Kate McClure, 27, started the Gofundme.com page when she became stranded on the Interstate 95 in Philadelphia and homeless man, Johnny Bobbit Jr walked a few blocks and bought her some with his last £15.
Ms McClure did not have any cash to repay him that night, but returned to the road with cash, clothes and food to say thank you.
She then set up the fundraising page in the hopes of getting £10,000 to help towards housing for Johnny, reports the Metro.
Donations have since poured in, and completely shattered the original target.
Talking about the incident on the page, Kate said: "I never ran out of gas before, and my heart was beating out of my chest. I pulled over as far as I could, and got out of the car to head to the nearest gas station.
"That's when I met Johnny. Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong. He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors.
"A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can. Using his last 20 dollars to make sure I could get home safe.
"Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn't repay him at that moment because I didn't have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks. I repaid him for the gas, gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat, and warm socks, and I give him a few dollars every time I see him."
She added: "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.'
"I am raising money for Johnny. With the money, I would like to get him first and last month's rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and 4-6 months worth of expenses. He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night's rest, his life can get back to being normal.
"Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him."
You can help Johnny at Gofundme.com