Woman Panics After Running Out Of Gas, Has No Idea Homeless Stranger Is About To Change Their Lives Forever
Joshua Patton 11/27/2017
Imagine you've run out of gas on highway in the middle of the night, and then you see a bedraggled stranger approaching your car. In most cases this could be the start of a scary movie, but art doesn't always imitate life.
This happened to Kate McClure, who tried to make it to Philadelphia, PA after her gas light went on.
"I never ran out of gas before, and my heart was beating out of my chest. ... That's when I met Johnny. Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong."
Johnny told Kate to get back in her car and lock the doors. A few minutes later, he reappeared carrying a gas can filled with fuel. He'd spent his last $20 on the gas, and Kate didn't have any cash on her to pay him back. So, instead, she listened to his story.
Johnny is a Marine who moved to Philly for a job, but when the opportunity fell apart he fell on hard times and ended up homeless. Back then, he looked very different, but life on the streets takes it's toll on a person.
Kate returned later to pay Johnny back and give him some warm clothes, but she decided that wasn't enough. So she took to the internet to see if she couldn't help change this Marine's life. What happened next surprised everyone, especially the homeless Marine.
She started a GoFundMe campaign, hoping to raise the ambitious sum of $10,000 to help set Johnny up in an apartment and get him a reliable vehicle so he could get a job. Soon, the story got the attention of the local media, and donations started flooding in.
In a video, Johnny read the newspaper article and learned that (at the time) the crowdfunding campaign had raised more than $1,500. That amount, according to him, was already a life-changing sum of money.
Still, it wasn't enough for Kate. She asked her social media circle to share the story, and soon it was picked up by national media.
Since then, news outlets across the country reported on the story. It was clear that everyone was just as moved by Johnny's selfless gesture as the young woman he helped. So much so that even celebrities began sharing the fundraising campaign!
At the time of this writing, more than 12,600 people donated more than $350,000 to the campaign. With Kate's help, Johnny has met with a financial advisor and a lawyer. They also will be doing media rounds so Johnny can tell his story in his own words.
There's a lot about this story to think about, but the main thing is that one never knows how the smallest act of kindness can change the lives of all involved.
Watch Johnny's heartwarming reaction to hearing about the first round of donations in the video below.