It’s funny how things work out. When one young teenager in Rochester, NY posted a video of students harassing their bus monitor on YouTube, it was meant to make people laugh – at the bus monitor’s expense, of course. But as the video turned viral, the cruel teens’ “joke” quickly transformed into an anti-bullying awareness campaign.
But now, thanks to a few wonderful people on the Internet, more than $100,000 has been raised to send Klein on a vacation.
The idea started on Reddit, when Max Sidorov from Toronto, Canada, decided to help. “I saw the video and I had the idea of helping her,” Sidorov told the Los Angeles Times. “The best thing that came to mind was starting a fundraiser to send her on vacation.” With that, Sidorov initiated a funding campaign on Indiegogo.
What started out small, with a goal of a mere $5,000, has expanded exponentially. As of this writing, Sidorov’s campaign has raised a total of $251,390. It’s nothing short of incredible.
Why did the campaign catch on so quickly? “Bullies,” Sidorov said. “That’s the real reason. People want to stand up for the little guy and everybody just forwarded it. I just had a good idea and everybody else took it and ran with it.”
Obviously this amount of money will more than pay for a vacation. What do you think Klein should do with the extra cash?