Klein’s daughter Amanda Klein Romig is now involved with the fundraiser and the account has been changed over to the family.
“I don’t want the money, I don’t want the recognition” says Sidorov. “I just had an idea and ran with it.”
By Thursday evening, more than $400,000 had been raised. Most are small donations-under $100 dollars. In fact more than 1500 people have contributed.
“I usually don’t donate to causes but this broke my heart so I consider it money very well spent,” says a man named Donald.
“In my mind you are everybody’s Grandma. May God Bless you,” says Katherine.
Karen Klein is shocked by the support. “Oh my God it’s unbelievable,” she exclaimed when told about the amount that had been raised. Jokingly she said maybe she can use it to buy new carpeting or pay for her car.
But she is not focused on the money. She has spoken with Max Sidorov and told him so. But he says that was never the focus.
“I just want people to focus on the good,” says Sidorov.
“Spread the message about bullying. Be kind and generous to other people.”