LAKESIDE, Calif. – People from around the world were showing support for a family of a 10-year-old girl who sacrificed herself to save the lives of two other children.
A little over a week ago, Kiera Larsen pushed two other children out of the way of a moving car. She was hit and killed.
A GoFundMe account that aimed at raising $30,000 for the family’s funeral and other expenses raised well above $93,000 in just six days.
The Larsen family is overwhelmed at the support.
“Thank you. I don’t even know if thank you covers it because it has been so overwhelming. We really appreciate it,” said Kiera's grandmother, Pamela Larsen.
"For her to leave that legacy, that’s what she was here for. That legacy is going to go on forever and knowing that everyone in the world knows about her brings some sense of peace for the family. We knew how amazing she was, now everyone else knows that as well," said Pamela Larsen.
Victor Tongco, owner of Lakeside Boll Weevil, said he hopes the family knows the community is behind them. His restaurant held a fundraiser Tuesday and is donating 20 percent of all sales to Larsen's family.
“We’re hoping to raise several thousand dollars for the family today,” said Tongco. “It’s a heartbreaking story. The community is showing an amazing amount of support for her and the family.”
Mike McHugh donated money to the raffle, the cash pot and even dined at the Lakeside Boll Weevil to support the Larsens.
“I don’t know if I can describe what they’re going through. If anything can help them, it’s not going to hurt the pain, but at least financially they’re going to be taken care of,” said McHugh.
Jessica Taylor is a friend of the family and is amazed at the amount of support pouring in.
“She’s being seen as a hero,” said Taylor. “It’s amazing to see where the donations are coming from. People from Switzerland, UK. I saw Kiera’s story here and I felt the urge to donate.”