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How small acts of kindness can do big things

A recent story out of Philadelphia reminds us that even small acts of kindness can go a long way.

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. come from different worlds. But when circumstance would bring them together, a friendship would be forged that would have them helping one another.

McClure was driving home one night when her car ran out of gasoline and she was left stranded. Bobbitt, a homeless veteran, would come to her rescue. Instead of letting McClure walk alone at night, he told her to get back in her car and lock the doors.

He came back with gasoline. He used his last twenty dollars so a stranger could get home.

To many people, twenty dollars doesn’t sound like a lot of money. It’s a fraction of a cell phone bill, barely touches the cable, and isn’t enough to keep the lights on.

But for a homeless individual, that can be so much. It’s a meal to keep the stomach full, an article of clothing to help keep warm, or cab money if walking in the cold is too much.

Bobbitt gave it up so a stranger could get home.

In many instances, that would be the end of it. One act of kindness to help another, and the lives of each individual just continue on in separate directions.

For McClure though, that wasn’t the case.

She set up a GoFundMe page with an ambitious goal of $10,000. In the post, she stated her goal was to raise enough money for first and last month’s rent for an apartment, a reliable vehicle and expenses for a few months. It would be just enough to get Bobbitt on track and be able to get his life back together.

In just two weeks, the fundraising campaign has exploded and raised more than $320,000.

During this time, McClure has brought food, water and gift cards to her new friend. Her and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, got him a hotel for Thanksgiving, bought him a computer, and have already started helping him.

At first glance, comparing dollar figures makes one donation look enormous versus the other. Twenty dollars doesn’t compare to hundreds of thousands. But there’s so much more here in play.

Bobbitt could have left this young woman to walk at night alone in the cold. He made a personal sacrifice. McClure could have just taken the money and never looked back. She’s kept giving back.

And the giving doesn’t stop there.

With the extra money, Bobbitt has already stated he wants to keep paying it forward to charitable causes such as helping homeless veterans.

In either instance, the giving wasn’t a great act in terms of effort. It wasn’t an enormous publicized display, such as when charity becomes a front for vanity in today’s society. It was a quiet act between strangers who saw others in need and came to their rescue.

And the giving hasn’t stopped there.

The world could learn a lot from these two human beings.