A military veteran who had no home when he gave a motorist stranded in Philadelphia his last $ 20 to buy gas has been rewarded with money for a house, a truck and a retirement fund.
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 34, a former marine and paramedic, expressed his gratitude for receiving almost $ 400,000 raised through a request from GoFundMe. He updated the page to say he had bought a house.
"The feeling is indescribable and (all) thanks to the support and generosity that each and every one of you have shown," wrote Bobbitt. "I will continue to thank you every day for the rest of my life."
The story of his change of fortunes begins with Kate McClure of Florence Township, NJ, who launched the fundraising effort for Bobbitt. [1
Bobbitt told him: to get back to his car and close the door.
"A few minutes later, he returns with a can of red gas. I used his last $ 20 to make sure I could go back home safely," he added. 19659002] McClure added that he had no money and Bobbitt did not request a refund. But she began to return to the scene to visit him, bringing food, water and clothes. Finally, she and her boyfriend created the GoFundMe page a month ago to thank her.
McClure reports that Bobbitt will buy a house and his "dream truck" (a 1999 Ford Ranger). The location of the house was not disclosed. The rest of the money raised will be used to establish a trust fund from which you can get a small "salary" each year, as well as a retirement fund established by a financial planner.
Bobbitt says he also uses part of the money raised to help support another campaign started by a young Catholic school student who is trying to raise funds for another homeless veteran in Philadelphia.