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    A great story, just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:51 pm

    A homeless man spent his last $20 to keep her safe. She’s raised $34,000 to repay him

    FLORENCE, N.J. -- Kate McClure didn’t expect to run out of gas on her drive to Philadelphia last month.

    And she definitely didn’t expect that her misfortune would give her the opportunity to change someone else’s life.

    Pulled over on the side of I-95, McClure, 27, was approached by a homeless man named Johnny. She was apprehensive at first, but Johnny told her to get back into her car and to lock the doors while he walked to get her help. He went to a nearby gas station, used his last $20 fill a can and brought it back to fill up her car.

    Grateful, but without a dollar to repay him, McClure promised she would come back with something.

    In the weeks since, she’s returned to the spot along I-95 where Johnny stays with cash, snacks and Wawa gift cards. Each time she’s stopped by with her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, they’ve learned a bit more about Johnny’s story, and become humbled by his gratitude.

    Eventually, the Florence Township couple knew they had to do something more.

    “I would say, ‘I keep thinking about that guy,’” D’Amico said. And McClure was thinking about Johnny, too.

    So they launched a GoFundMe campaign, putting an ambitious $10,000 goal and hoping to rein in a few hundred dollars to book Johnny a motel for a few nights where he could clean up, and start to get back on his feet.

    As of Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the campaign has garnered more than $34,000 in donations, and continues to grow.

    “It just blew up,” McClure said, noting that donors have come forward with $5, $10 or even several hundred after she’s shared the GoFundMe to various Facebook groups.

    Johnny, who’s 34, told McClure and D’Amico he has been homeless for about a year. He said he was previously a certified paramedic, and also served in the Marine Corps.

    After moving around the country for a time, he came to Philadelphia a year ago with a job lined up and some money to buy a truck. But soon after the job fell through, leaving Johnny surviving off meager savings.

    Later, he lost his paperwork, rendering him unable to work. One night on the streets turned into a week, and ultimately a year of homelessness.

    Learning his story, and sifting through his old Facebook photos, McClure and D’Amico said they were shocked to see how quickly Johnny’s life had changed from that of a working man who vacationed on the beach to one living off the streets of Philadelphia.

    “It’s crazy, you can relate to that,” McClure said. “You look through and think, ‘that could be me.’”

    Last week, they surprised Johnny with the campaign, telling him they had already raised $1,700 and planned to keep going.

    “That changes my life, right there,” Johnny said of the $1,700, captured in a video McClure took. “I’ve honestly met more good people than bad,” he said of his time in Philadelphia.

    The couple understands how their help in reaching out to landlords and vouching for Johnny’s character will help him overcome some of those hurdles.

    “If we just handed him the money, it’s not going to happen,” McClure said.

    Johnny has started the process of getting his paperwork replaced, as he’s currently without identification or Veteran’s Affairs papers, McClure said. He hopes to get a job at the Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville, and down the road, hopes to take the test to become recertified as a paramedic in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

    And McClure and D’Amico are confident they can get him started on that path soon, hoping to place him in a room to rent in an apartment within two weeks as they continue to fundraise.

    “When I still look at (the GoFundMe), it blows my mind,” McClure said. “It’s actually going to happen for him.”

    On this day, be thankful you aren't in the position Johnny was, but also thankful that there are people like Johnny who have nothing and will still help people the best they can!

    Oh, and also be thankful that Hillary isn't president! And that you aren't stuck spending Thanksgiving (or any other day for that matter) with her!!


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    Re: A great story, just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:55 pm

    While you're at it, maybe you should be thankful you don't have to take any pictures with this lady-molester! (He usually likes them a little younger. Like 8 to 12.)



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    Re: A great story, just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Post  Sunshine16 on Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:10 pm

    I thank God both Hillary and Biden are NOT president.
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    Re: A great story, just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Post  Joencalif2 on Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:42 pm

    I agree totally....
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    Re: A great story, just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:11 pm

    Homeless man in New Haven who returned $10,000 check rewarded in a big way

    On November 14, a successful business woman from New Haven thanked a homeless man, who returned a $10,000 check she had dropped in the street, by giving him money and entrance into her real estate school, free of charge.

    But, Wednesday morning, another surprise awaited the homeless man. The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce played hist to some true thanks giving.

    "He has absolutely no idea what's about to happen," said Dr. Roberta Hoskie, who was about the change the homeless man's life.

    Hoskie took to Facebook Live as she met up with the homeless man who returned the hefty check that was made out to her. The homeless man, Elmer Alvarez, was surprised to see the TV cameras filling the Chamber of Commerce conference room Wednesday

    Hoskie reminded Mr. Alvarez she will pay for his real estate course through her school and English language classes. Then, an unexpected gift.

    "You don't have to worry about being in the cold," she told Alvarez. "We have housing for you."

    He teared up and said "thank God!"

    And, Roberta Hoskie scheduled a job interview for Alvarez with one of her business partners.

    "There's always Angel's out here in heaven and earth," said Alvarez.

    But, Dr. Hoskie had one stipulation for Mr. Alvarez moving forward: pay it forward.

    "When you get on your feet, you go ahead and you do it for the next person and the next person and the next person," she told him.

    Hoskie's prodding comes from experience. She too was once homeless.

    "I'm going to go for it," Alvarez said.

    All of this because he chose to do the right thing.

    "Honestly, I give it from the bottom of my heart and I expect nothing back in return," said Alvarez.


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