GoFundMe raises hundreds of thousands for homeless Samaritan

UPDATE (Saturday, 1 p.m. PST): $359,075 has been raised for Johnny since the GoFundMe campaign went live two weeks ago. More than 12,000 people have donated to the fund.


(KGTV) - A New Jersey woman is hoping to repay a homeless man's act of kindness with one of her own.

Kate McClure was driving to Philadelphia one night when she ran out of gas on Interstate 95. She said she pulled over and headed to the nearest gas station, where she met Johnny, a homeless man who she said sits on the side of the road every day with a sign.

"[Johnny] saw me pull over and knew something was wrong," McClure wrote in a GoFundMe post. "He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors."

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McClure said Johnny would return with a red gas can, having spent "his last $20 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," McClure wrote.

In addition to McClure providing Johnny with gift cards, clothing, and a few dollars when she sees him, she started a GoFundMe account to give him more.

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"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," McClure outlined. "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."

Johnny, 34, has been homeless for about a year. He was previously a certified paramedic and also served in the Marine Corps., according to the Associated Press.

So far, the fundraiser has shattered its original $10,000 goal, sitting at $61,340 as of Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. More than 2,000 people have donated over the last 11 days.

McClure's GoFundMe can be found here.

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