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    Donations (last report exceeding $300,000) pour in for homeless man (Marine vet) who gave his last $20 to woman who ran out of fuel. Stories/videos running worldwide. See just a few.

    A fund set up to raise money for a homeless man who helped a woman when her car ran out of petrol has collected more than 280,000 US dollars (£211,000).

    Kate McClure, 27, started the Gofundme.com campaign earlier this month after she became stranded on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia and a homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr, walked a few blocks and bought her some with his last 20 dollars (£15).

    COVER PHOTO: Kate McClure was helped by Johnny Bobbit Jr who gave her his last $20 note (Picture: Gofundme)

    USA Today YouTube of Johnny’s response below story.

    When Kate McClure’s car ran out of gas on an interstate, Johnny Bobbitt Jr. came to her rescue in an unexpected way. Now she’s surprising him with something even bigger.

    Ms McClure said she did not have any money to repay him at the time but returned to the road several times to give him cash, clothes and food.

    After a few visits, she started the fundraiser with the hope of raising 10,000 dollars (£7,500) towards housing and other expenses for 34-year-old Mr Bobbitt.

    ‘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.’

    Donations had poured in from about 10,000 people by Thursday.

    Donations have poured in, and the fundraiser has shattered its goal of raising $10,000 for Bobbitt. About 2,000 people had given to the campaign by Wednesday evening.

    Here’s what she said on her fundraising page: ‘Driving into Philly one night, I made the mistake of thinking that I would be able to make it all the way down I- 95 with my gas light on.

    ‘Needless to say, I was wrong. 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.

    ‘I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day. He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.

    ‘One day I stopped to see him and had a few things in a bag to give him, one of which was a box of cereal bars so he could have something that he could carry around and eat. He was very appreciative as usual and the first thing he said was “do you want one?” Another time I dropped off 2 wawa gift cards and a case of water.. the first words that came out of his mouth were “I can’t wait to show the guys” (there are 2 others he hangs out with and they all take care of each other). If just those 2 statements alone do not give you a glimpse of the good heart this man has I’m not sure anything will.

    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. When McClure ran out of gas, Bobbitt, who is homeless, gave his last $20 to buy gas for her. McClure started a Gofundme.com campaign for Bobbitt that has raised more than $13,000. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

    ‘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.

    ‘Please help this man get into a home. It is already getting so cold out in Philadelphia, and I can’t imagine what it will be like to be out there all winter. Any little bit will help.

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