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N.J. woman raises over $250K for homeless man who gave her his last $20

In this Nov. 17, 2017 photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure’s boyfriend Mark D’Amico pose at a CITGO station in Philadelphia. When McClure ran out of gas, Bobbitt, who is homeless, gave his last $20 to buy gas for her. McClure started a Gofundme.com campaign for Bobbitt that has raised more than $13,000.
In this Nov. 17, 2017 photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure’s boyfriend Mark D’Amico pose at a CITGO station in Philadelphia. When McClure ran out of gas, Bobbitt, who is homeless, gave his last $20 to buy gas for her. McClure started a Gofundme.com campaign for Bobbitt that has raised more than $13,000. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

UPDATE: N.J. prosecutors have charged the three people involved in this case, calling their story and GoFundMe campaign ‘fictitious and illegal.’

A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised almost $250,000 (CDN $317,887)  for the good Samaritan.

Kate McClure, 27, started the Gofundme.com campaign earlier this month after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate 95 and a homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., walked a few blocks and bought her some with his last $20 (CDN $25.43).

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McClure said she didn’t have any money to repay him at the time but returned to the road several times to give him cash, clothes and food.

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After a few visits, she started the fundraiser with the hopes of using the money toward housing and other expenses for the 34-year-old Bobbitt.

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“I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,” she wrote on the fundraising page. “Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him.”

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Donations have poured in, and the fundraiser has shattered its goal of raising $10,000 (CDN $12,708) for Bobbitt. Over 8,000 people had given to the campaign by Thursday afternoon.

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