GoFundMe for homeless veteran surpasses $300,000 and still climbing

Kate McClure was driving into Philly one night when she ran out of gas. After pulling to the shoulder on the highway, 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless veteran who she usually sees sitting at the side of the offramp holding a sign, approached her.

When Johnny learned she was out of gas, he told her to get back in the car and lock the doors. Just minutes later, he returned with a gas can with $20-worth of gas. It was his last $20.

Greatly moved by Bobbitt Jr.’s selflessness, McClure set up a GoFundMe to help him get his life back on track. Initially, the goal was to raise $10,000. But since the campaign was launched on November 10, it’s blown the initial goal to smithereens. Thanks to a massive rush of Thanksgiving giving spirit, the amount raised stands at $325,420 as of this writing — and donations are still rolling in.

In a video posted when the campaign had raised just $1,700, Bobbitt Jr. remarked that just those funds alone “changes my life right there.”

This thing looks like it’s on track to reach half a million. Life changing indeed.

You can find the GoFundMe here.

Featured image via Katy McClure

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.