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Stranded driver helps raise thousands for man who used his last $20 to get her home

McClure decided to start a GoFundMe to help Johnny get on his feet. The page has raised over $122,000. (Courtesy: Kate McClure/GoFundMe)

A woman who was stranded on the road after running out of gas decided to start a fundraiser for a homeless man that used his last $20 to get her home.

Kate McClure said she was driving into Philadelphia when she said she ran out of gas on I-95. She said she got out of the car to start walking towards the nearest gas station, but was stopped by a homeless man named Johnny.

"Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign," said McClure. "He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong. He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors. A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can."

McClure said Johnny used his last $20 to make sure she got home safe.

"Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn’t repay him at that moment because I didn’t have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks," McClure said. "I repaid him for the gas, gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat, and warm socks, and I give him a few dollars every time I see him."

McClure decided to start a GoFundMe to help Johnny get on his feet. She learned that he was a Marine and a paramedic. Johnny admitted that he was homeless because of his own mistakes with drugs and money.

"With the money, I would like to get him first and last month’s rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and 4-6 months worth of expenses. He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal," she said.

Early Thanksgiving morning, McClure shared that they have already bought Johnny some essentials. She said Johnny will be staying in a hotel for the next few days, and that she's working on finding his new home.

The fundraiser has raised over $156,000, well over the $10,000 goal.


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