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Woman raises thousands for homeless man who lent her US$20

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 3:56pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 9:00pm

A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of fuel on a motorway in Philadelphia has raised more than US$60,000 for the Good Samaritan.

Kate McClure, 27, started the Gofundme.com campaign earlier this month after she said she ran out of petrol on Interstate 95 and a homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jnr, walked a few blocks and bought her some with his last US$20.

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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 hopes of using the money towards housing and other expenses for 34-year-old Bobbitt.

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