Kate McClure had never run out of gas before – so when she pushed the limits of her fuel light and found herself rolling to a stop outside of Philadelphia with an empty tank last month, she was nervous.
She was about to start hiking to the nearest gas station when Johnny wandered up to her.
Johnny, who is a homeless veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, asked McClure if she was okay.
“He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong,” says McClure. “He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors.”
A few minutes later, McClure saw the veteran returning to her car with a gas can in hand. Not only that, but he had used his last $20 to buy the fuel.
Though she did not have cash to repay Johnny’s kindness that night, she has been regularly stopping by his street corner so she can drop off warm clothing, water, money, and food – all of which he shares with his two other homeless friends.
While these good deeds might be enough for some people, McClure became determined to continue helping her new friend.
“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.”
McClure then started a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month to raise money for Johnny – and it has already raised over $40,000.
“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,” says McClure. “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.”
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