Veteran who helped stranded motorist with last £15 is no longer homeless

Mark Molloy
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico. The homeless veteran spent his last £15 to help the stranded motorist  - The Philadelphia Inquirer

A homeless veteran who helped a stranded motorist with his last £15 is no longer living on the streets after thousands donated money to help him.

Johnny Bobbitt Jr, 34, came to the aid of Kate McClure when she ran out of petrol on the side of a motorway in Philadelphia, making sure she was safe and walking two miles to get her some fuel.

His act of kindness was shared globally after a grateful Ms McClure started a GoFundMe page, with donations hitting an incredible $399,000 (£300,000).

The former marine veteran, who became homeless 18 months ago, expressed his joy at becoming a proud homeowner this week after investing some of the funds into a property.

“Thanks to all of you, and with the help of Kate and Mark, I was able to purchase my new home yesterday!” he explained.  

“The feeling is indescribable and it’s all thanks to the support and generosity that each and every one of you has shown. I’ll continue to thank you every single day for the rest of my life.”

Ms McClure added: “He will never have to worry about a roof over his head again!”

Two trusts have also been set up for Johnny, one giving him the ability to collect a small ‘salary’ each year and “another retirement trust which will be wisely invested by a financial planner”.

He will get access to the account in a “time frame he feels comfortable with” and plans to eventually buy a cabin and piece of land in the country where he can retire.

“A bank account will be set up for him with funds for everyday needs that will get him through until he finds a job,” added Ms McClure.

“He will be donating to a few organisations and [to] people who over the last couple of years have helped him get through this rough patch in his life.”

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr.  Credit: GoFundMe

Mr Bobbitt has also donated some of the money to help another homeless veteran who he believes is “the perfect candidate to continue this string of kindness”.

One other luxury he plans to purchase is a 1999 Ford Ranger, which he describes as his “dream truck”.

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