Homeless Marine Veteran Sacrificed His Last $20 to Help a Stranger, Gets Massive Help In Return

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A homeless Marine veteran got a leg up when he sacrificed his last $20 to help a stranger. On her way to Philadelphia, Kate McClure’s gas gauge was laying on empty and she thought she could just squeeze out enough to get her to the gas station. It didn’t work out and she was forced to pull over to the side of the road. She got out of her car and started to walk when she was approached by a man who only identificed himself as Johnny. He told her it wasn’t safe and to get back in her car and lock the doors.

A few minutes later, Johnny came back with a red gas can and put gas in her car. He spent his last $20 to do it. She eventually brought his $20 back along with some food and a box of cereal bars. She learned that he was a homeless Marine Corps veteran.  The first thing he did with those cereal bars was ask her if she wanted one.

“I wish I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day. He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.” Kate McClure

Kate and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico set up a GoFundMe account with a goal of $10k to get him a place to stay, and a reliable vehicle, maybe some clothes. They had no idea what was about to happen.

Johnny was reportedly a paramedic after his service. Falling on hard times happens to many, sometimes from illness, sometimes from circumstances beyond their control. He is hoping to find a job.

[Information on Johnny’s Marine Corps service…and his last name… is not available at this time. If we do get it, we will pass it along.]

When the fund got to around $1000, Kate and Mark surprised Johnny with the news. They didn’t expect the fund to get very big, but he was exceedingly grateful and amazed, as you can see from this video:

All of these selfless people had no idea where that fund was going. As of this morning, it was at $180,000 and climbing. Kate and Mark have put Johnny up at a hotel for the holiday weekend, and are actively looking for a place for him to live. They have purchased him some clothing, and will be “revealing him” to the public soon.

This is truly thanksgiving for this group of people who all have gone out of their way to help their fellow man. We suspect when they do the big “reveal” it could be pretty awesome. Can’t wait to see the next step!

Johnny at his hotel room

All photos via GoFundMe account from Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico

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