Not long ago, Kate McClure was driving on I-95 outside Philadelphia when her car ran out of gas. It was already night outside and pretty cold, and seeing the shaken 27-year-old a homeless man named Johnny, who was on the side of the street not a long way from where she pulled over, approached her. Johnny advised McClure to get back in her vehicle, bolt the doors, and sit tight for him to return. A couple of minutes after the fact, he returned with a gas can and started filling up her car.
Johnny didn’t even asked for the money he spent on the gas, he spent the last $20 he had to help McClure returned home safely.
McClure did not have any money on her the night Johnny paid for her gas, yet she has in this manner made a special effort to repay his favor. After Johnny’s random act of kindness, McClure has visited him with every occasion she had, bringing warm clothing, food, water, and gift vouchers with her each time. And she also began a GoFundMe page with an end goal to help Johnny get back on his feet.
In the short time the campaign has been active it has raised over $250,000, which exceeded way more their $10,000 objective. The GoFundMe page says that the cash will be use to cover “first and last month’s rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and 4-6 months worth of expenses” for the man. It also explains that Johnny is “very interested” in finding a place to work, and McClure trusts a good place to live will be the impuls he needs to accomplish that.
“I trust that with a place where he’ll be able to clean up each night and get a decent night’s rest, his life can return to being normal,” she said.
Surprisingly, Johnny’s altruism that night was nothing strange. McClure shared on the GoFundMe page that, whenever she brings him supplies, he quickly offers to share and discusses how much good it will do him and the other men he hangs out with.
“One day I… [brought] a box of cereal bars so he could have something to eat. He was very grateful as usual and the main thing he said was ‘do you want one,'” she wrote. “Some other time I dropped off 2 WaWa gift vouchers and a case of water. The first words that left his mouth were ‘I can’t wait to show the guys’ (there are 2 others he hangs out with and they all take care of each other).”
“If those simply two affirmations aren’t enough for you to see the great heart this man has,” she proceeded, “I don’t know what else will.”
It is indeed hard to see a man who, materially speaking, has so little to be so rich in soul and kindness, and it is McClure’s hope that, in sharing his story, his good hart will keep on being compensated.
“I really trust that all Johnny needs is one little break,” she said. “Hopefully with your assistance I can be the one to offer it to him.”