The homeless man whose story went viral last month will soon have a permanent roof over his head.
Johnny Bobbitt Jr. has purchased a home, he wrote on the GoFundMe that garnered nearly $400,000 to get him off the streets.
"The feeling is indescribable and it all thanks to the support and generosity that each and every one of you has shown," he wrote. "I'll continue to thank you every single day for the rest of my life."
Just two weeks ago, Bobbitt was living under a bridge along I-95 in Philadelphia. His luck changed after he spent his last $20 to help 27-year-old Kate McClure, a Florence Township woman who ran out of gas and was stranded along the highway.
McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, launched a GoFundMe hoping to raise $10,000 to get the former 34-year-old Marine Corps service member off the streets.
But after the story went viral, they raised enough for Bobbitt to purchase, rather than rent, a home, with some leftover to give to others in need.
On the GoFundMe, he said he's donated some of the money to another homeless man identified as Jeff Johnson, a veteran in Philadelphia, and encouraged others to pay it forward to the man.
"I've seen this man on the streets and although I wouldn't call him a friend I think he is the perfect candidate to continue this string of kindness," he wrote.Amanda Hoover can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @amandahoovernj. Find NJ.com on Facebook.