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Humanity surprises you. Meet Natalie Dubose:

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Hello, I’m Natalie Dubose of Ferguson, Missouri. I’m a small business owner with a cake shop and a bakery dream.

First, I would thank everyone for their warm wishes, empathy, and support during this crazy difficult time.

I would love to write more, and will try soon, but my business is so behind right now.

My shop, which had it’s grand opening this summer was vandalized in the riots.

My main windows were smashed and bakery damaged. 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 Thanksgiving!

I promise to update this later. I’m truly mixing batter right now. I began baking and selling cakes at local flea markets, slowly saving money to start my small business.

I LOVE TO BAKE !!!

It was my dream and I’m working hard to accomplish that dream.

The outpouring of support on Twitter, Facebook, and in the media has been amazing. I was in tears.

It was suggested that I start this account by a new friend and here it is. I do need help to rebuild and create a website, so any donations would be a huge assistance.

I’m not sure where to find the money to repair my little bakery. But, even if you just stopped by to say hello. Thank You !!!!

I’ve never felt such love.

This is the kind of story all too often lost in the coverage of riots and shootings, and she is the kind of person all too often forgotten by those above her and demonized by those below. Let us do what we can to support the small businesses that are the only real hope for places like Ferguson, Missouri.

You can contribute to her rebuilding fund here.

Update: as of just sixteen hours after starting the fundraiser, she’s been pledged $72,000. 

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  1. Dave of Barsham Member

    Just donated actually, and she’s about to hit her goal in less than 7 hours. Shame I can’t order a cake from South Carolina…

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    • November 25, 2014, at 4:19 PM PST
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  2. Underground Conservative Coolidge
    Underground ConservativeJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    For god’s sake, don’t let Ricochet do her website though.

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    • November 25, 2014, at 4:36 PM PST
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  3. Scott Wilmot Member

    Thanks so much for sharing this story Amy. God bless Natalie Dubose.

    So many pundits and commentators have talked about sharing the stories of Ferguson so that we can overcome and move forward – was this what they were talking about?

    There must be many more like Natalie in Ferguson – as you said – will we hear about them?

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    • November 25, 2014, at 4:52 PM PST
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  4. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk andJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    She surpassed her goal in only four hours.

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    • November 25, 2014, at 5:20 PM PST
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  5. Doug Watt Moderator

    Natalie is one of those people that reminds us that all is not lost in her words; “this crazy difficult time.”

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    • November 25, 2014, at 6:42 PM PST
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  6. profdlp Inactive

    She didn’t build that.

    (Actually, yes she did. Twice now. God bless her.)

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    • November 25, 2014, at 6:58 PM PST
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  7. Profile Photo Member

    Thanks for this, Amy! On my way there…

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    • November 25, 2014, at 7:18 PM PST
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  8. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk andJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    She’s raised nearly $50,000.

    See? It’s stimulus! The Broken Window Fallacy is debunked!

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    • November 25, 2014, at 7:27 PM PST
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  9. Jules PA Member

    for a minute there, I thought Natalie joined Ricochet…

    Bless Her for being a model for her community and the Ferguson community.

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    • November 25, 2014, at 7:31 PM PST
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  10. Peter Robinson Founder

    Scott Wilmot:Thanks so much for sharing this story Amy. God bless Natalie Dubose.

    Scott Wilmot took the words out of my mouth. But they bear repeating. God bless Natalie Dubose.

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    • November 25, 2014, at 8:34 PM PST
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  11. danys Thatcher
    danysJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Closing in on $60k.
    During the King riots my dad spent the night on the roof of his business with a shotgun. I hate riots.

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    • November 25, 2014, at 9:06 PM PST
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  12. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Someone give her a Ricochet membership.

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    • November 25, 2014, at 9:17 PM PST
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  13. Barbara Kidder Inactive

    ‘It was the worst of times, it was the best of times…’

    • #13
    • November 25, 2014, at 9:28 PM PST
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  14. Nick Stuart Inactive

    RushBabe49:Someone give her a Ricochet membership.

    Or at least consider having her on the podcast.

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    • November 26, 2014, at 7:57 AM PST
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  15. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk andJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The dollar count is over $100,000 now. Her goal was $20,000.

    Is there a point where it becomes unethical for her to keep the campaign going?

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    • November 26, 2014, at 11:28 AM PST
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  16. Profile Photo Member

    Misthiocracy: Is there a point where it becomes unethical for her to keep the campaign going?

    Yes, unless she plans to share with her fellow merchants, it seems to me, Mis.

    Update: Having seen her expressions of amazed gratitude, I have no doubt that she will treat people’s generosity as a nearly-sacred trust…

    Maybe foodydirect.com should check out her work, too?

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    • November 26, 2014, at 11:34 AM PST
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  17. Concretevol Thatcher

    I first heard about her late last night on Twitter. Several people suggested starting a fund for her to rebuild and low and behold a guy named David Swingle did it. He set up a group fund acct which quickly got $10k in donations, was able to track down Ms. Dubose through a local reporter, transferred control of the fundraiser to her and helped her set up her own donation page. Now Mr. Swingle had no connection to her or Ferguson but on his own decided to proactively help someone in need. What a great story, holding my breath for his interview on CNN.

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    • November 26, 2014, at 12:44 PM PST
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  18. Concretevol Thatcher

    I believe the donations have been halted

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    • November 26, 2014, at 12:45 PM PST
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  19. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    Concretevol:I believe the donations have been halted

    I don’t think so. It’s up to nearly $140,000 now.

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    • November 26, 2014, at 1:03 PM PST
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  20. Concretevol Thatcher

    Wow. Apparently Rush had the story on his show and like Kims derriere it broke the Internet. :)

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    • November 26, 2014, at 3:12 PM PST
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  21. Amy Schley, Longcat Shrinker Moderator

    Concretevol:Wow.Apparently Rush had the story on his show and like Kims derriere it broke the Internet. :)

    And I’ve followed her page on Facebook, and from her comments, she’s so overwhelmed with generosity she doesn’t know what to do.

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    • November 26, 2014, at 3:17 PM PST
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  22. Concretevol Thatcher

    RB49, I was able to reach Mr. Swingle and offered to give him a membership so hopefully we will have another great addition to our little community.

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    • November 26, 2014, at 3:33 PM PST
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  23. David Deeble Member

    Thank you for sharing this, Amy.

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    • November 26, 2014, at 4:44 PM PST
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  24. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noDJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Misthiocracy: The dollar count is over $100,000 now. Her goal was $20,000. Is there a point where it becomes unethical for her to keep the campaign going?

    And now approaching $200,000.00.

    No, I don’t think it’s unethical at all. The people contributing are fully aware that this has gone *way* beyond the cost of repairs, and they are now funding a much larger version of her original business. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

    Are there any Ricochetti in Missouri with a business background? Perhaps you could hook up.

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    • November 26, 2014, at 6:55 PM PST
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  25. Frank Monaldo Member

    I was happy to contribute. The amounts are getting high enough (over $200K) that I hope she gets competent professional advice and does not get taken advantage of. Her heart appears to be in the right place.

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    • November 27, 2014, at 7:08 AM PST
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  26. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk andJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Frank Monaldo:I was happy to contribute. The amounts are getting high enough (over $200K) that I hope she gets competent professional advice and does not get taken advantage of. Her heart appears to be in the right place.

    I assume that these donations are considered taxable income. She crossed into the top 10 percent at $150,000, and if she passes $500,000 she’ll be a one-percenter.

    I wonder if President Obama will use prosecutorial discretion to order the IRS to give her a break, or if he’ll instead make her pay “her fair share”.

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    • November 27, 2014, at 7:19 AM PST
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  27. namlliT noD Member
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    Over $220,000.00…

    As an interesting side effect, this is an enormous promotion for GoFundMe.

    And an enormous promotion for old fashioned charitable giving.

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    • November 27, 2014, at 8:50 AM PST
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  28. Lucy Pevensie Inactive

    Frank Monaldo:I was happy to contribute. The amounts are getting high enough (over $200K) that I hope she gets competent professional advice and does not get taken advantage of. Her heart appears to be in the right place.

    Don Tillman:

    Misthiocracy: The dollar count is over $100,000 now. Her goal was $20,000. Is there a point where it becomes unethical for her to keep the campaign going?

    And now approaching $200,000.00.

    No, I don’t think it’s unethical at all. The people contributing are fully aware that this has gone *way* beyond the cost of repairs, and they are now funding a much larger version of her original business. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

    Are there any Ricochetti in Missouri with a business background? Perhaps you could hook up.

    I have been wondering whether she would end up giving some of it to other equally hard-hit businesses. It seems like the kind of thing that she might be motivated to do, and helping the whole area pick back up would be beneficial for her business as well. Of course, I don’t know how the legalities and accounting issues work.

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    • November 27, 2014, at 10:34 AM PST
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  29. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noDJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Lucy Pevensie: I have been wondering whether she would end up giving some of it to other equally hard-hit businesses. It seems like the kind of thing that she might be motivated to do, and helping the whole area pick back up would be beneficial for her business as well.

    That would be nice, *but*, that’s not what people donated the money for, they donated the money to her bakery business.

    So check it out, she did the right thing and in the latest update pointed out another business that could use the assistance.

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    • November 27, 2014, at 10:39 AM PST
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