Donations for a 68-year-old school bus monitor bullied by seventh-graders outside Rochester, N.Y., have topped $650,000, and she’s looking beyond the intended “vacation of a lifetime” for how to dispose of her windfall, reports USA Today.

“What would anybody do with that much money? I would like to invest some,” Karen Klein, of suburban Greece, said during an interview on NBC’s Today show, a week after a video of the cruel taunting went viral.

The grandmother of eight also plans to give some of the money to charity and to help her children. “They need cars, they need, they need, they need — it never ends,” she said jokingly. The donation campaign — which runs for 26 more days — was started by Max Sidorov in Toronto, Canada.

“She doesn’t earn nearly enough ($15,506) to deal with some of the trash she is surrounded by. Lets give her something she will never forget, a vacation of a lifetime!” he wrote.

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