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Ferguson Bakery Owner Raises $250K Online after Store Is Damaged in Riots

On Monday, the bakery of Natalie Dubose was damaged during riots in Ferguson, following the announcement that a grand jury would not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown. Distraught that she would not be able to keep up with the holiday season business, Dubose set up a GoFundMe page, writing, “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 catch up on baking cakes for Thanksgiving! … I’m not sure where to find the money to repair my little bakery.”

The campaign caught the attention of a few TV personalities, and soon, her crowdsourcing effort went viral. So far, people from around the country have pledged more than $250,000 to help get her and the bakery back on their feet. Following the outpouring of generosity, she took to social media, writing, “Thank you to EVERYONE for the kind words, prayers, and emotional support. I am so humbly blessed!” …

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