"Something bigger has to come out of this," says Toronto's Sidorov, good samaritan to bullied bus monitor
Posted at: 06/27/2012 9:46 PM | Updated at: 06/27/2012 11:32 PM
The generosity towards bullied bus monitor, Karen Klein, has exploded into more than $660,000 in donations.
Max Sidorov of Toronto says he had to meet the woman who is changing the conversation about bullying in this country.
He says he was thrilled when indiegogo.com -- the website that hosted his fundraiser for bus monitor Karen Klein -- decided the two of them should meet.
Our cameras were in Greece today, when Sidorov and Klein talked about the response to that fundraiser.
They also talked at length about the positive change they hope other people will get out of this story.
Here's just some of what they had to say Wednesday night.
Max Sidorov tells News10NBC, "It was exciting, it was exciting to meet finally the person who's changed the world, she brings so much attention to this issue. It's empowering a lot of people to take action in this time of need and helping others. A lot of people are starting their own fundraisers."
Karen Klein says, "To have people share their love like that, and so many different stories. I feel really bad for a lot of them. A lot of them have been bullied."
Karen goes on to say, "That's going to be changed. I know it is. That's got to be after all this. All the people that have talked about it, and the families are actually talking to each other."
Max pitches in, "I don't think anyone could've expected that, especially me. I thought I'll put it up, we'll see what happens. It'd be great to get her on a vacation somewhere. I thought maybe a few thousand."
He continues, "Within 3 hours we broke the goal."
He concludes, "I never wanted anything from this. I set it up, just to get her on a vacation. I didn't think this was going to happen or -- so, I just hope that people realize kind of that kindness should be accepted as cool nowadays, I mean something bigger has to come out of this."
That, indeed, was the point of Max Sidorov’s engagement in this whole story – for something bigger to come out of one person being bullied in front of the world – change is in the works.