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Johnny Bobbitt: Homeless Man's Kindness Inspires $350K in Donations

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In this Nov. 17, 2017, photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

By    |   Monday, 27 November 2017 11:21 AM

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless veteran who spent his last $20 buying gas for a New Jersey woman stranded on an interstate in Philadelphia recently, inspired more than $350,000 in donations to a crowdfunding campaign, Fox News reported.

Kate McClure, 27, was unable to pay him back at the time but has since raised more than $350,000 for the 34-year-old good Samaritan through a GoFundMe page.

"Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign," McClure wrote on the GoFundMe page set up for Bobbitt.

"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."

McClure said Bobbitt did not ask her for the money back and, although she could not pay him back immediately, she set up the fundraising campaign to help the veteran pay for a the first and last month's rent for an apartment as well as a reliable vehicle and at least a few months' worth of expenses.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bobbitt was an ammunition technician in the Marines who worked hard to qualify as a paramedic before he became homeless.

A friend in North Carolina, who wished not to be named, said Bobbitt's life took a turn because of money problems and drugs, something that the veteran accepts full responsibility for.

Mark D'Amico, McClure's boyfriend, told The Philadelphia Inquirer, that he and Bobbitt were once speaking about bad luck and the veteran said, "Yeah, tell me about bad luck. But don't get me wrong. I'm here because of my own decisions. I got nobody to blame but myself."

Bobbitt has been living on the streets for a year and was sleeping under a highway when he met McClure.

The two have forged a friendship, which has motivated Bobbitt to turn his life around.

"I want to change my life, but you know it just happened," he said, according to ABC News.

"I just want to do the right thing," he continued, noting his desire to donate some of the money to others in need.

"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 said, per ABC News.

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