(Mirror Daily, United States) – Last month, a homeless man from Philadelphia helped a woman by buying her gasoline when she ran out of gas and cash. The man gave his last $20 to help her. One month later, she helped him change his life.
Kate McClure, 27, recalls that she had to pull over because her gas tank was empty. She then saw a homeless man moving in her direction and telling her to stay in her car until he buys her gas from a nearby gas station.
The man, named Johnny, went to the gas station, filled a can with gas and paid with his last $20. McClure wasn’t able to immediately repay him because she had no money but promised to return with something.
She has returned and repaid the man, but she felt like there was more she could do to help him. Each time she and her boyfriend visited the spot where Johnny was staying, they learned more and more about him.
The couple agreed on helping him get back on his feet, so they went to GoFundMe and asked money for Johnny’s case. The initial goal was $10,000, but in less than two weeks, the page garnered more than $100,000.
It just blew up,
the woman said about the GoFundMe campaign after she had shared it on Facebook.
Johnny, 34, told the woman that he has been living on the streets for a year. He also said that he used to work as a paramedic after serving in the Marine Corps. But a year ago, he moved to Philadelphia with enough cash in his wallet to buy a truck. At the time, he had a job there.
However, when he lost his job, he survived off pennies until he ended up on the street. He also lost his ID which made him unable to work. Johnny recalls that he only planned to stay one night on the streets but that soon turned into weeks, months, and a year.
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