Woman Saved by Homeless Veteran Helps Raise More Than $38K for Him


McClure said Johnny would return with a red gas can, having spent "his last $20 to make sure I could get home safe".

Johnny told her to get back in her auto because the area was "unsafe", then walked to a nearby gas station and reportedly used his last 20 dollars to buy her gas.

McClure created a crowdfunding page for Bobbitt on November 10 with a goal of $10,000, which so far raised more than $235,000 for apartment rent, a auto, and months of expenses.

"I'm not gonna sleep", he added later, when told he could get a room for two months in Philadelphia with that money.

"He said, 'I'll be back".

So they launched a GoFundMe campaign, putting an ambitious $10,000 goal and hoping to rein in a few hundred dollars to book Johnny a motel for a few nights where he could clean up, and start to get back on his feet.

Bobbitt didn't ask for money; McClure didn't have any then.

The fundraising page was taken down for a time at Johnny's request when it had raised more than $100,000, but McClure said in a subsequent post that she restarted it because interest had not abated. But don't get me wrong.

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"God, that's incredible. Damn, y'all did all that".

In the video, Bobbitt talked about the kindness of people in Philadelphia. I have honestly met more good people than bad. And as of Thanksgiving Day, folks have contributed over $200,000 to the effort.

McClure and D'Amico said Bobbitt hasn't told them what he intends to do with all the money, but told CNN that he plans to post a video detailing his plans for the future. He said he was previously a certified paramedic, and also served in the Marine Corps. "His expectations changed, and what he wanted to do changed", D'Amico said.

"The whole game changed in the last 24 to 48 hours". "He has a couple of places in Philadelphia that got him through and got him by".

"His dreams aren't champagne and caviar", D'Amico said.

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia on November 17.

Now McClure wants to pay it forward.