Woman Crowdfunds for Stranger Who Helped Her

Category: Human Interest


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. pull over / pʊlˈoʊ vər / (phrasal) – to move one’s car to one side and stop

    The taxi immediately pulled over after we flagged it.

  2. generosity / ˌdʒɛn əˈrɒs ɪ ti / (n) – the quality of being kind and unselfish

    Thousands of homeless people are fed because of the restaurant owner’s generosity.

  3. necessity / nəˈsɛs ɪ ti / (n) – things someone needs

    Some people don’t have enough money to buy basic necessities like food and clothes.

  4. work fingers to the bone / wɜrk ˈfɪŋ gərs tə ðə boʊn / (idiom) – to work very hard

    My friend needed to work his fingers to the bone because he’s paying for his education.

  5. trust / trʌst / (n) – an agreement to let another person or organization (e.g. a bank) manage one’s properties or money

    He decided to create a trust to set aside money for his children’s education.


Read the text below.

A woman gave back to a stranger who helped her when she got stranded in Philadelphia.

Kate McClure / məˈklʊər / noticed that her gas was running low so she pulled over. She called her boyfriend for help because she was also out of cash. While waiting for rescue, a homeless man approached Kate to ask her if something was wrong. When he found out about Kate’s misfortune, he told her to wait in her car. Soon, he returned with a can of gas, which he bought using his last money.

The homeless man, whose name was Johnny Bobbit, Jr., did not ask for anything in return, but Kate and her boyfriend visited him several times to give him clothes, food, and money. The kind stranger was always thankful and would share the things he received with his homeless friends.

Inspired by Johnny’s generosity, the couple decided to raise funds through the crowdfunding site GoFundMe to help him start a new life. They were able to raise more than $400,000 in a month through the campaign. The money will be used to buy Johnny a new home and provide him allowance for his other necessities.

This is not the first time that someone used GoFundMe to help a stranger. In another instance, a man started crowdfunding for an old ice cream vendor. He learned that the 89-year-old was only forced to work his fingers to the bone because his grandsons were left in his care when his daughter died. The campaign raised roughly $384,000, which was put into a trust for better management.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• How do you think Kate’s help affects Johnny’s life?
• If you were Kate, how would you repay the kind stranger?

Discussion B

• If you could raise funds for someone, who would you do it for (e.g. homeless people, sick children)? Why?
• How will you raise funds for them? Discuss.