"We were just kind of shell-shocked," Duane said.
Which brings us back to the parking lot at Target where Kristen sat, crying, when what had happened hit her.
"All these strangers around the world felt compelled to give us money to help us do this. I just lost it. I just really realized the compassion and the love. We stayed up until 2 a.m. trying to read every comment."
What the Watkinses really hope, however, is that this has created a "tipping point" of sorts for anyone considering adoption -- especially adoption of older children.
When they explained the fundraiser to Chaltu, she appeared to take it in stride. People helping other people, "It all seemed very normal to her," Kristen said.
The Watkinses say they now have many decisions to make, including how much of Richard's journey to share with those who helped make his adoption possible. Advice has ranged from saying nothing at all to posting every update.
"It takes compassion to fill another person's loss with something positive," Duane said. "The word 'kindness' shortchanges it. It's deeper than that. It became less about money and more about what was happening. People wanted to be a part of a compassionate movement."
Contact the reporter at Dorrine.Mendoza@turner.com.