Bullied bus monitor Karen Klein, 68, finally got to meet the anonymous benefactor who began the online website that has raised more than $659,000 for her.
According to ABC News, Max Sidorov, who is from Toronto, said he was bullied once too. After seeing the video, he said he had to do something. "I know how it feels, nobody should have to go through that, ever," Sidorov said.
Sidorov set up a website asking for donations to send Klein on a vacation with his original goal set at $5,000. In its first 24 hours, the fundraising campaign raised $125,000.
More than 7,500 signatures have accumulated on a Change.org petition, urging President Obama to allow Klein to receive the donations tax-free, even though the money is not taxable.
"I need new carpeting, maybe a paint job here and there. Pay off all my bills so that I can retire," Klein said.
Klein, a grandmother of eight, one with Down Syndrome, said she will donate part of the money to support research.
"I almost feel like I don't deserve it," Klein said. "They should be sending their donations to other people that have more problems than I do."
Most of all, Klein said she is grateful to Sidorov for turning something painful into something beautiful. "My wrist band says be a buddy, not a bully," Klein said.
While Klein said she would not press charges against the boys and hopes they will not be expelled, the Greece, NY School Board is considering suspending them for one year.
People like Sidorov are the reason we have hope for the future of the human race. In true NY fashion, he turned something ugly into something beautiful.