The page was taken down for a short time, but public outcry had them put the page back up. They now intend to donate the excess money to others, thus “paying forward the pay it forward.” Here’s the update from the GoFundMe page:
Okay, well that didn’t last very long. We just called Johnny explaining that many people are requesting the donations be left open. He is more than happy with the amount that has been raised so far, and didn’t want to seem like he is taking advantage. For the short time that we took it down, though, it is obvious that people still want to donate to this cause. He said that he has more than a few ideas of where this money can go, which he will explain more in detail tonight. You guys continue to amaze us.
Then, they posted this:
Ps. To the thousands of people who took the time to write something nice directed towards Johnny.. believe me, he is seeing all of it and you have no idea how far your kind words are going!!
In a feel-good story just in time for Thanksgiving, an act of kindness has turned into a chance for rebuilding.
Kate McClure needed help when her car ran out of gas. That help came from an unexpected source. Homeless U.S. Marine veteran Johnny Bobbit Jr, disheveled and cold in Philadelphia, approached her as she walked to the nearest gas station. He told her to get back in her car and lock the doors. Then he spent his last $20 to buy her gas and get her on her way.
“He came back and I was almost in shock,” McClure told The Post.
Bobbit asked for nothing in return — but McClure and her boyfriend stopped by his spot several times in recent weeks, repaying him for the gas money and dropping off clothes.
“We went to Target and got him a big backpack filled with stuff, and he opened the granola bars and offered us one,” she said. “We are like, ‘We just got this for you.’ He’s extremely generous.”
As is growing more common in the age of crowdfunding, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, set up a GoFundMe page with an ambitious goal of $10,000. In less than two weeks, it’s at a quarter of a million dollars. Now that it’s really hitting the news hard, donations are coming in every few minutes.
“This is nuts,” McClure said.
Bobbit has been homeless for a year and a half. He was in a homeless shelter but moved under a bridge when he was robbed there.
With plenty of money for him to get off the streets, acquire transportation, and push forward, he has asked McClure to stop accepting donations:
Johnny asked me to please stop accepting donations today. He is beyond humbled by the amount of support and love he has received over the last few days! He asked, instead of donating to his campaign, to maybe take a second to search for another worthy cause that, for whatever reason, hasn’t gotten the attention his has. Later tonight, we will take some time to post a video with Johnny! He can’t wait to thank all of you and wishes he could individually if possible. Mark and I couldn’t begin to express how grateful we are that you guys made this little fantasy a reality!!
There may still be decent people in the world after all.