Rioters in Ferguson, Missouri, torched cars and destroyed dozens of local businesses after the grand jury’s decision was announced Monday. But it wasn’t long before the community bounced back with some goodness. Some of the businesses, including Natalie’s Cakes and More, received donations to help rebuild.
When the decision was revealed, rioters ruined owner Natalie DuBose’s shop, with the materials for impending Thanksgiving orders inside, Kansas City Fox wrote.
"It was an investment all around. I always had to work at least two jobs. I never just had just one job because my dream was always to have my own bakery,” she told NBC News. "Everything that I invested, it came from me saving money through bake sales. Sometimes I couldn't buy a pair of tennis shoes because I wanted to make sure I had enough money to buy a bucket of icing.”
But thanks to donations through a Go Fund Me account, DuBose was able to raise more than $183,000, which is over $160,000 more than her $20,000 goal. The local business owner gave a shout-out to “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress Patricia Heaton and “Real Housewives” star Brandi Glanville for the support. “Thank you to EVERYONE for the kind words, prayers, and emotional support,” she said. “I am so humbly blessed!”
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) November 26, 2014
Show LOVE! Support working mom & bakery owner. Her shop was damaged last night in the riots. http://t.co/nfeWwZcLXW Go Natalie!
— Brandi Glanville (@BrandiGlanville) November 26, 2014
DuBose’s shop was first attacked when Brown was killed in August and then the second round happened Monday night following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, but she doesn’t plan on leaving her bakery behind. It’s "like a baby,” she told NBC News.
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