We reported on rioters in Ferguson attacking Natalie’s Cakes and More and damaging the store. Her story has gone viral and the goodness of people from all over the world contributing has been amazing. The amount is now over 200,000.
Via Fox News:
There has been an overwhelming outpouring of support for a single mother whose bakery was damaged in the Ferguson protests.
The window of Natalie Dubose’s shop was smashed in during protests following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
A photo of Dubose (above) prompted calls from people who said they wanted to help her fix her store, and so they set up a GoFundMe page. The crowdfunding site raised $110,000 in a matter of hours, and the money is still rolling in.
Dubose opened Natalie’s Cakes and More in June after renting a booth at a flea market every weekend in order to make the money to set up a storefront. Business was good until August, when protests first began after Brown’s death.
“Sometimes I was counting $12 in an envelope at night after being there for 10 hours a day. And so that was a little depressing. I did a lot of praying, I did a lot of crying and some more crying. But all that, it kind of brought me here today.”
Dubose said that she still can’t come up with the words she would say to the people who damaged shops in her community. She said today on “Shepard Smith Reporting” that she had made pleas to individual protesters, urging them not to harm her store because it is her only source of income to raise her two kids.
“I was more hurt than anything,” she said.
As for those who’ve chipped in to help? Dubose says she is so grateful for the love and support that has poured in from across the country.
“If I could have arms big enough, I would just hug each and every last one of them,” she said of those who have donated.
A sample of Natalie Dubose’s cakes:
Dubose has expressed her gratitude on her gofundme page and is asking people to help some of the other businesses in the area:
I’m overwhelmed by the amazing generosity I’m receiving. The love, attention, support, the many, many people stopping by to say hello, the offers of assistance, the letters, the anonymous donations, the lovely letters, flowers, telephone calls, media support, and the support of the people of Ferguson.
Thank you for the wonderful comments, I can’t wait to read them all.
I am truly and humbly blessed.
People have ordered cakes for weeks in advance in support.