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Beginning to find the recent tsunami of sleaze, sordidness, and perfidy tiresome? Try this on for size, then.

The phrase “he’d give you the shirt off his back” is routinely used to describe someone who would give everything to help another, but how many are as giving as Johnny Bobbit, Jr.?

Bobbit recently stepped up to help a literal damsel in distress after Kate McClure ran out of gas. McClure pulled over and got out of the vehicle to walk to the nearest gas station.

Bobbit, however, was having none of it. He knew the neighborhood was a dangerous place for a woman to walk alone:

[Bobbit] told me to get back in the car and lock the doors. A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can (and) his last 20 dollars to make sure I could get home safe.

This is a serious act of generosity from anyone. But Johnny Bobbit is homeless, and that last $20 may have meant all sorts of important things to him. He gave it to someone in need, even though most of us would have seen Bobbit as the one in need.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bobbit is a former Marine.

McClure was so appreciative of his act, she started a GoFundMe campaign. Her goals were simple:

I would like to get him first and last month’s rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and 4-6 months worth of expenses. He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal.

The campaign has amassed, as of this writing, almost $380,000 for Bobbit.

With that money, Bobbit could buy a modest home, a reliable vehicle, and get any treatment he needs. Hopefully he can find and maintain gainful employment.

Indeed. I know both from observation and bitter personal experience that once you’re down, the way the system is structured makes it very damned difficult to climb back up again. That difficulty is compounded severely as one gets older, too. There’s nobody to blame for it, and there’s no point in complaining about it; it’s just the way it is, that’s all. When you’re in a hole, it gets deep so incredibly fast that before you know it you can’t even tell which way is up anymore. So I wish Bobbit the best of luck in getting his feet back under him again. I sincerely hope he makes it.


2 thoughts on “Antidote

  1. Seriously, been there done that. And been on the other side. too. “Pay it forward”, as the Admiral said. Nice to see one of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children being treated so well. But on the other hand, had he been just another bum, would he have gotten the support? No.

  2. I’ve given my last $3 and a half a pack of Marlboro more than once.
    that’s okay, I had a healthy 3 figure bank balance, if you include the other side of the decimal point. IT’S WHAT YOU DO! I’ve got a shitty apartment that I share with my son. We both patronize the same bank. I heard him make his deposit of his paycheck, (And $10 in singles). He’s not hitting titty bars. That’s his charity budget.

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