There are a lot of great people out there who just had a back stretch of luck and wound up homeless as a result. It’s really not the plight on society that’s it’s viewed as being, and evidence of this surfaced in a big way with this story of a homeless Marine.
Kate McClure ran out of gas on Interstate 95 in New Jersey when a homeless man approached her vehicle on the side of the road. She was on her way to Philadelphia to visit a friend and misjudged the amount of fuel in her car.
Though initially worried, the man who only identified himself as Johnny told her to stay in her vehicle and lock her doors because she wasn’t safe there outside of the car. Johnny then walked away, but when he returned he did so with a red can filled with gas to help the stranded motorist get to her destination.
As reported by WHDH 7 News, Johnny made this thoughtful gesture by spending his last $20 to help a person he had just met who was in need. McClure vowed to pay him back, and she did so by bringing Johnny the $20 he had loaned her and a box of cereal bars initially.
Of course, his first question after she brought them was if she wanted one.
McClure was able to find Johnny’s Facebook page from before he became homeless and learned that he was once a paramedic after serving in the military.
So McClure set out on a mission, with the help of her boyfriend Mark D’Amico, to aid Johnny’s quest to get back on his feet. They started a GoFundMe page with a goal to provide this homeless Marine with the funds to secure an apartment and have access to reliable transportation.
Here’s a clip of Johnny’s reaction when the couple showed him an article about their starting the page and the amount of money they had raised already.
Incredibly, the generosity continued to pour in, and the initial goal of $10,000 was exceeded very quickly. In just 11 days, the page had already raised $36,000 to help this homeless Marine get back on his feet.
This is the type of story that really lets you know there are still good people out there in the world.