I have lived in fortune and a life full of comfort. But it was not an exemption from the unpredicted disaster. I have felt hunger strike, and I can vividly recall those time in my early days when getting even a shelter was a problem.
So when I spot panhandlers holding signs by the roadside, I am never surprised. I always offer help whenever possible to help by using my cash to save their situation. I fish out a few dollars from my pocket and hand it over to them. Whatever they use it for is none of my business.
Once found in a similar situation, and I expected that someone would come to return the favor to me. I had a belief that kindness should be reciprocated by kindness. So, there I was waiting for someone who would show goodness to me when I desperately needed it.
Kate McClure, a 27-year-old from Florence Township, New Jersey, was driving along the I-95 road towards Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October. Before she could reach her destination, her car ran out of fuel. At the middle of the road where she knew no one who could help her.
She panicked but luckily, Kate was able to park her car by the roadside safely. She became a bit nervous when a homeless man approached her and asked her to kindly get back into the car and have the door locked.
It didn’t take long before he saw the same homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, returning with a can filled with fuel. She sighed in relief! Johnny, a 34-year-old man, spent the last $20 of his savings to save Kate.
Unfortunately, Kate did not carry any cash with her, though, she promised to come back with “something.” Just a few weeks past bye before Kate returned to the same spot hoping to find Johnny. She carried money, food supplies, gift cards, and many more goodies that she intended to give to her new friend and savior.
When Kate brought Johnny cereal bars, he gave it back. When she bought gift cards and water, Johnny was filled with excitement and took it to go share with “the guys.”
With each trip in the company of her fiancé, Mark D’Amico, the couple had a chance to know more about the fallen Good Samaritan. They realized that Johnny had been leaving without somewhere to call home for a year.
It all started just as a night on the street. Then nights turned to weeks, weeks to months, and finally, months turned into a year. In his life in the street, Johnny met other homeless men, and they have lived as brothers. They are always available to support each other, and all of them have stories about their lives to tell.
Johnny Bobbitt was a former paramedic who made his way to Philadelphia to look for a job before meeting his fate. Soon, he was left with nothing in his stock.
AT that time, he lost his state-issued identification as well as his paperwork which certify him as a Marine Corp. He could not prove his skills and didn’t have money left that he could use to replace the lost items.
The couple discovered that something was not right in Johnny’s life after browsing through his Facebook profile. They were astonished by just how fast life of someone can turn from that which is luxurious to the one that Johnny was experiencing in the streets.
They quickly realized that they have to do something apart from just dropping gifts. They wanted to make Johnny rise again after his fall.
On November 10th, the couple launched a GoFundMe page on behalf of Johnny. The set a target of $10,000 that they had planned to use in catering for the move-in expenses, rent, a reliable car, food and utilities as they help Johnny to get back to his normal life.
They broke the news to Johnny when they had collected a total of $1,700. “That makes an impact on my life, right there,” he told the couple adding, “I have met more great people than the bad ones.”
Johnny is in the process of replacing his lost documents. He wants to work for the Amazon warehouse that was located nearby and to and to regain his status as a certified paramedic.
By November, the couple had collected a total of $21,000, more than the double of their target. They were delighted by their success and could not hide their happiness to set in when needed to help Johnny.
They planned to continue supporting him as he goes through the transition period, they believe that Johnny will have a success story to tell. Through the support of people on the social media, they knew that what they have started would not fail. The support of those unknown people touched their heart.
At such times of turmoil when the headlines are being hit by negativity, there is a limited chance to spot individuals with humanity like the two couples. They prove that the Golden rule still exists.
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