PHILADELPHIA -- A fund set up to raise money for a homeless man who helped a woman when her car ran out of gas in Philadelphia has collected $290,000 as of 6 a.m. Friday.
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The GoFundMe campaign was started by Bordentown, New Jersey, resident Kate McClure this month after she was stuck along Interstate 95 and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. bought her some gas with his last $20.
"Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign," McClure wrote in the GoFundMe. "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. Using his last 20 dollars to make sure I could get home safe."
McClure says she didn't have money to pay him back at that moment but she returned to his spot several times in the following days to give him cash, clothes and food. She says she then started the fundraiser hoping to collect $10,000 to cover housing and other expenses for him.
McClure says she wishes she "could do more for this selfless man."
Donations have poured in from about thousands of people.