Sierra LaMar Fundraiser Goes Viral - NBC Bay Area

Sierra LaMar Fundraiser Goes Viral

This time the community support manifested itself in the form of a big fat check.



    Sierra LaMar's family says the response from the community is giving them new hope tonight. (Published Thursday, March 29, 2012)

    The community support continues to pour out in response to the missing teenager Sierra LaMar out of Morgan Hill.

    Hundreds of people have given up their time to physically help in the search effort by volunteering with the KlaasKids Foundation.

    There have also been cases of young children emptying the piggy banks and buying bottled water for the volunteers.

    Now, money is begining to pour in. Case in point is a $12,000 donation from the people who work for Intero Real Estate Services.

    There is $12,000 earmarked specifically for the recovery of the missing teen.

    "This money did not come from the Intero Foundation,” said Intero Real Estate Broker Cathy Jackson. “It was collected from our brokers, agents and office managers. Yesterday, we were hoping to raise $5,000 and it just went viral throughout the company."

    Jackson said the bottom line is that her coworkers, along with the rest of the Bay Area just want to help get Sierra home.

    Huge Turnout To Help Search for Sierra LaMar

    [BAY] Huge Turnout To Help Search for Sierra LaMar
    Marc Klaas was expecting a few dozen people at most to turn out to help his Klaas Kids Foundation search for missing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar. By 9 a.m. Tuesday there were 300 people standing in line; ready to brave the wet weather to search for the 15-year-old who has been missing since Friday March 16.
    (Published Tuesday, March 27, 2012)

    "If this helps to make that happen then it is money well invested," Intero Real Estate Broker/Office Manager Kathie Kingston added.

    KlaasKids Foundation President Marc Klaas said that every penny of the money will be allocated toward Sierra’s recovery.

    "Intero Real Estate Services has taken an unprecedented response to a new level," Klaas said. He said he hopes Intero's generosity will spark even more community support.   

    There is a Peace March scheduled in Morgan Hill Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Rain or shine people are expected to turn out for a walk from the Community Center at Dunne and Monterey down Main Street. Children are being encouraged to take part, in part because no one under 18 is allowed to volunteer in the search effort.

    Sierra was last seen in her home Friday March 16.

    She never made it to school. Investigators say she is likely not a runaway and suspect foul play.  

    Her cell phone and her purse were found within a couple miles of her home tossed along side of the road. The Santa Clara County sheriff's department said all forensic searches of the phone and Sierra's computer have come up empty when it comes to any evidence she had a relationship with someone her family didn't know on line.

    Anyone with information about Sierra or her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (408) 808-4500 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.

    Tips can also be emailed to

    Those interested in volunteering for the continued search should check in at Burnett Elementary School at 85 Tilton Road in Morgan Hill between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Sunday.

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and bring photo identification. They should dress appropriately for the weather and wear long pants and study shoes with covered toes.

    For more information on how to volunteer or make donations, call Tricia Griffiths at (801) 560-1933, or email