This Couple Raised Money For A Homeless Man And Won’t Give It To Him
New Jersey couple raised over $400K for a homeless man on GoFundMe
Kate McClure was driving home one night last October when she suddenly ran out of gas and didn’t have any cash. A homeless man by the name of Johnny Bobbitt Jr. saw her, told her to lock the doors for safety and that he would run and get her some gas. The homeless man spent his last $20 to ensure that she was able to make it home safely.
McClure was very touched by his kindness and generosity, but wasn’t able to pay him back at the time. McClure proceeded to visit Bobbitt and brought him things like a hat, gloves, and warm socks. Her generosity didn’t stop there - she started a GoFundMe campaign with her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, for Bobbitt. Their original goal was $10,000 to help Bobbitt find a home and a car.
The campaign exploded into a “good deed” campaign and raised over $402,000. However, after the campaign ended, McClure and D’Amico gave Bobbitt a camper instead of a house for him to stay in - which stayed on their own property in New Jersey. They also had promised him his dream car, a 1999 Ford Ranger but instead he received a used SUV which broke down later on. Both the camper and the SUV were in McClure’s name and have since been sold.
Bobbitt is now homeless again - even though his lawyer estimates that he is owed close to $300,000. A GoFundMe spokesperson has said they are “looking into the claims of misuse regarding this campaign. When there is a dispute, we work with all parties involved to ensure funds go to the right place. We will work to ensure that Johnny receives the help he deserves and that the donors’ intentions are honored.”
Bobbitt’s lawyer did state that the man’s drug addiction could be a possible reason that the couple has withheld the funds and D’Amico told The Philadelphia Inquirer that they were withholding the money until he gets a job and is drug-free.
We here at The Sitch hope that the couple's intentions were actually to help Bobbitt and that he is able to get his dream car and a home soon.
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