"There is nowhere to go. I have a warrant for sleeping on the sidewalk. I didn't have anywhere else to go but the sidewalk. He said that 'if you come back, I'll write you up.' I went back to the heat and sat there to get warm. He wrote me a ticket. I said that before I go to jail for sleeping on the sidewalk, the jail system won't get a dime from me. You'll have to catch me first before I pay you for sleeping on the sidewalk.”
Johnson's interview has been seen by thousands of people and several have reached out to help, KTVI reported.
One person made a 90-minute drive to pay Johnson’s accommodations for a week at a downtown St. Louis hotel, the television station reported. The man bought her groceries, clothes and other items.
“He’s been a blessing to me,” Johnson said.
Johnson added that a woman traveled from Chicago and bought her a box of clothes and food, while people from Philadelphia also traveled to help her.
"I never thought that people on this Earth loved me in these 40-something years. It turns out to be something different," Johnson told KTVI. "I don't think I should think like that anymore when there is someone out there caring for me, and they don't even know me."