The recent riots, which rocked Ferguson last Monday night caused immense amounts of damage to numerous different local businesses. Understandably local business owner, Natalie Dubose,  turned to a crowdfunding page in order to raise $20,000 and get her business on track. In only 24 hours time she smashed her goal and scored more than $200,000, 10 times her goal,  from approximately 6,000 backers.

Natalie Dubose was naturally taken aback from the love shown from all across the US, including some famous names; Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond, Brandi Glanville of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were amongst the backers. Dubose wrote on her GoFundMe page for Natalie’s Cakes and More, that she felt like she was “humbly blessed!

Natalie’s Cakes and More is in the 100 block of South Florissant Road, an area that was badly hit by vandals. Protesters were angered on Monday by the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed unarmed teen, Michael Brown in August 2014. They looted buildings and vandalized stores and even set fire to property.

Dubose stated, “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 Thanks giving!” 

Interestingly this local business owner isn’t the only person assisted form people online; The Ferguson Municipal Public Library has opened its doors due to a bitcoin donation page that was started up to support the library.

Dubose said she wouldn’t know how she could find the money to repair her shop without the GoFundMe campaign. She said “I’ve never felt such love.”

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