FERGUSON, Mo. – Help is on the way to a small business owner who is picking up the pieces after her business was badly vandalized during the Ferguson riots following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision Monday night.
According to FOX 4’s sister station, FOX 2 Now in St. Louis, dozens of Ferguson and St. Louis area businesses were torched or looted after the grand jury decision was announced, including a local business owned by Natalie DuBose. It’s called Natalie’s Cakes and More, and it just opened up for business in June of this year, fulfilling a dream DuBose had of owning for her own business.
That night, rioting damaged her shop, the equipment inside, and also destroyed the materials needed for her upcoming Thanksgiving orders. But despite the destruction, DuBose plans to stay in Ferguson.
In less than 24 hours since she appeared on FOX 2 News Tuesday morning, more than 3,300 people, including actress Patricia Heaton, have donated over $100,000 through two Go Fund Me fundraising accounts for the rebuilding of DuBose’s business. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the combined amount from the two web pages had exceeded $150,000.
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— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) November 26, 2014