This is the single best story that I have heard to come out of the Ferguson, MO, riots this week. And what a story it is! A woman who had invested her life savings in a bakery she had opened in the troubled town in June, saw them disappear before her eyes as her store was looted in the riots. But then she asked for help and she got it in a big way.
Om 25 November, Natalie Dubose, the owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More, describes how the riots affected her business:
My shop, which had it’s grand opening this summer was vandalized in the riots. My main windows were smashed and bakery damaged. I’m beside myself, but with the holidays, can’t stop working. I’m very busy cleaning and trying to repair my business. I’m also trying to catchup on baking cakes for Thanksgiving!
But a friend suggested that Natalie set up a GoFundMe donation account and she did just that, asking for $20,000 to help her rebuild her store. Well, as of the time of writing, Ms. Dubose has already raised more than $196,000 from 6,149 people! And the total is rising fast.
“Crazy day! TWO official GoFundMe’s created by generous souls”, an emotional Natalie wrote on her business’ Facebook page. “I am BLESSED !!!”, she added. What a great story and we all needed it this week! (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Natalie Dubose, the owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More, has raised close to $200,000 on GoFundMe to help her rebuild her looted store in just one day.
2. Natalie opened her store in June in Ferguson, MO, just a couple of months before the riots that followed the shooting of Michael Brown.
3. “We are up and at it early at the cake shoppe!!”, Natalie wrote on 22 October. “Watch @ nataliescakesandmore on Fox 2 today! Natalie is baking on air!!”
4. “Your cakes are beautiful and will become classics! Keep on baking, baby!”, wrote one customer on Natalie’s Cakes and More‘s Facebook page.
And here are the video reports:
What an awesome show of support for a Ferguson woman who really needed it. Share this story with your friends and your thoughts in the comments below.