CLEVELAND -- Since the survivors video went viral, the Cleveland Courage Fund has collected more than $50,000 overnight.
Each of the women -- Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight -- mentioned the support provided by the fund in the video release.
That fund has collected more than $1.1 million from more than 9,200 donors.
Tuesday afternoon, the Cleveland Courage Fund website nearly crashed from activity as so many people heard the terror this women lived through and want to help.
More than a million dollars won't repay their pain but it will help fund recovery for the women and little girl who survived.
"The numbers just go up and up and up before your eyes," said Chris Kelly, partner-in-charge at Jones Day Cleveland.
"It is being utilized by the girls for everyday living expenses and to help in their recoveries, but it's being dispersed in what I'll just call an intermittent basis by the attorneys that represent the four survivors," said Kelly.
For now, the funds are still in a cash account while four equal trusts are established, using 100 percent of all donations. The trusts will be formalized over the summer, with an agreement to outline how the money will be spent.
Each will be managed by a professional trustee.
"Since you're not spending all of it day one, or the first month, or the first six months, they will be invested," said Kelly. "They are typically invested in very safe, short term securities so that they earn some income on them...while the moneys aren't being used."
And the money is being carefully guarded, mostly by the women themselves.
"You'd be amazed, but these women don't need much protection. They are very smart, resilient, strong people. They really are," he said. "To the extent they need help, we have [Jones Day Attorney] Jim Wooley there to chase away any kind of scavenger that's out there."
The hope is that these funds can help Amanda and her daughter, Gina and Michelle establish their "brand new lives," as Michelle called them.
"The dollar amounts obviously help them get back on their feet. What the fund represents in terms of community support and outpouring of generosity and caring and love, is very powerful to them," said Kelly.
Councilwoman Dona Brady from Ward 17 was one of the three Cleveland City Council members who launched the fund. She told Channel 3 News she knew the fund would generate this much attention.
While Jones Day would not tell us how the money is being spent, we can only imagine the needs they have ahead will include education, job training, other opportunities as well as healthcare, counseling and other recovery related costs.