Nearly half a million dollars has been raised for a 68-year-old woman who was bullied to tears by school children on a bus.
Karen Klein, a school bus monitor in New York, was tormented by four 13-year-old boys, who hurled a series of insults at the grandmother.
The incident was captured on camera and posted to YouTube, where Max Sidorov from Toronto saw the exchange and set up an online fundraising page for the woman.
Sidorov said he was a victim of bullying himself as a young immigrant from Ukraine, and set up the page with the aim of raising $5,000 so Klein could take a holiday.
But on Friday morning, with nearly a month before the fundraising page closes, more than $450,000 had been donated to the woman.
"I felt deeply sad for Karen," said Sidorov, a 25-year-old nutritionist and graduate of York University.
"I had some issues with bullying myself when I was a young kid and had just come to Canada, so I know where she's coming from."
On Thursday, Sidorov said he hoped the money could allow Klein to stop working.