How a Selfless Act of Kindness Changed This Man's Life

This incredible story will make you believe in Karma

Jan 3, 2018

Johnny Bobbitt Jr & Kate McClure (GoFund Me)

Help arrives in many forms, sometimes when you least expect it. This past November, Johnny Bobbitt Jr.’s selfless actions inspired strangers to pay it forward after he gave his last $20 to help Kate McClure when she needed assistance.

The Marine Corps veteran put a stranger's needs before his when McClure was stranded on the outskirts of Philadelphia after running out of gas. Bobbitt told her to lock her car and wait for him to come back. A little while later, he returned with a gas can and zero money in his pocket.

While someone could have easily taken advantage of the situation with McClure, Bobbitt had only the best intentions.

Once McClure realized Bobbitt spent the last of his money to help a complete stranger, she set up a GoFundMe page to help him out, and her efforts didn’t go unnoticed. The fundraising campaign quickly went viral and to date raised well over $400,000.

Bobbitt was so moved by the kindness of McClure and thousands of donors that he asked her to end the campaign so others could get the help they needed as well. The veteran’s act of kindness changed his life and he’s making sure he’s putting the money to good use.

The donations are managed by a lawyer and financial advisor to make sure that Bobbitt will have financial security for the rest of his life. Alongside purchasing a new home, and his dream car (a used 1999 Ford Ranger), Bobbitt plans on donating to multiple charities and individuals who helped him out one way or another when he needed it most.

To thank his donors, Bobbitt left a note on the GoFundMe page:

“Sorry for the lack of updates but I’ve been pretty busy the last few days as you can imagine (Kate taught me about emojis this week). Just wanted to let you all know that thanks to all of you and with the help of Kate and Mark I was able to purchase MY NEW HOME yesterday! The feeling is indescribable and it 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.”

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REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.

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