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December 07, 2017 | Mysti Jordan
Johnny Bobbitt, Jr. is homeless, but his life was changed pretty drastically when he made the ultimate sacrifice. Kate, who lives in Florence Township, ran out of gas on an I-95 exit ramp. It was very late at night and she was really nervous to be there on her own. That’s when Johnny, who sits in that spot with his sign frequently, went up to Kate. He told her to get back into the car and lock the doors, and he’d be right back. A few minutes later, he’s back with a red gas can. He had used his last $20 to purchase the gas so that Kate would make it to a gas station safely.
Kate felt so bad that she didn’t have the money on her to repay him right then and there, so as an alternative, she and her boyfriend, Mark, started a GoFundMe page for Johnny. To date, it’s raised more than $397,000. Not only is Johnny, who’s a veteran, able to buy a house with the money, but he’s donating a portion of the money to a grade school student that he knows who’s helping out another homeless veteran. He also has a lawyer and financial planner who have put things in place to help him until he finds a job. He has two trusts that they’ve set up – one that will dole out a small annual income until he finds work, and the other to help him save for retirement. He’s being very smart about how he uses this money, and he’s updating people on the GoFundMe page.