Ferguson Shop Owners Stunned by $200K in Donations to Rebuild

Ferguson Shop Owners Stunned by $200K in Donations to Rebuild

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Natalie DuBose Ferguson baker-GoFundMe

“I’ve never felt such love,” said Natalie DuBose, a Ferguson baker who was not only cleaning up the mess made by rioters this week but trying to fulfill a slew of Thanksgiving orders.

A friend suggested she set up a fund-raising page, and initially DuBose set a goal of collecting $20,000 in donations.

On Monday, after vandals broke windows and some equipment inside, an AP photographer captured an image of Natalie crying outside Cake’s & More, which she had just opened this summer.

But after just two days, the tenacious baker’s GoFundMe page raised $252,000 from more than 7,000 admirers across the world.

“I’m overwhelmed by the amazing generosity I’m receiving,” said the mother of two. “The outpouring of support on Twitter, Facebook, and in the media has been amazing. I was in tears.”

DuBose is just one of the business owners in the suburb of St. Louis, Missouri to take to GoFundMe to try to recoup loses quickly. Ferguson Market and Liquor has raised $22,000 from compassionate strangers and friends.

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