#Ferguson: Natalie DuBose Meets the Generosity of Americans

#Ferguson: Natalie DuBose Meets the Generosity of Americans

There is a reason for good cheer in the beleaguered town of Ferguson, Missouri, this Thanksgiving, and it’s all due to the kindhearted spirit of the American people.

Remember this picture which emerged from the aftermath of the Ferguson riots this past week?

Despair: Natalie DuBose reacts to the destruction of her bakery.

Who wouldn’t be moved by that picture and the story behind it? Natalie DuBose, a single mother of two, opened her shop “Natalie’s Cakes and More” in June, 2014, shortly before the shooting of Michael Brown, an event that turned Ferguson, Missouri, into Ground Zero for every racial tension in America. After that August event, the city erupted, and Natalie’s fledgling business suffered two weeks without a customer. Her business rallied, however, after exposure to her struggle by local St. Louis media drew attention and customers once again to her door. Things were looking up.

Then the grand jury that was charged with determining whether or not Officer Darren Wilson would be tried for shooting Michael Brown returned with their decision not to indict. All hell in Ferguson broke loose that Monday night.

Ms. DuBose pleaded with the looters and vandals, “Just don’t burn my shop down, don’t destroy it,” She told CNN, “If I can’t open my doors in the morning, I can’t feed my kids in the evening.”

Her pleas were to no avail. Rioters smashed one of her large windows and destroyed her baking equipment. The next day DuBose returned to her shop and boarded it up, unsure of how to fill her Thanksgiving orders.

Enter the hearts of the American people.

Two GoFundMe internet campaigns were set up by the community to help raise money for her to rebuild. Within hours her financial goals were met, and celebrities Patricia Heaton and Brandi Glanville encouraged their Twitter followers to spare a buck or two.

Then this guy got into the act.

Courtesy rushlimbaugh.com

On Wednesday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh gave out the web address so that folks could contribute to Natalie DuBose’s business fund. In his radio show, he said:

“A poor woman saved up everything to open her cake store in Ferguson. She’s African-American and she had nothing to do with any of this that went down, but her store got destroyed. So people set up a couple of Web links for Americans to donate to give her a chance to rebuild. I don’t even know if she had anything to do with it. I think others set it up for her. Not sure about that.

Anyway, so many of you are coming through on this that it’s really heartwarming to see. Did you go check it out? I had a couple people tell me that a lot of you are logging in and donating. I think it’s great, and you’re renewing people’s faith, or you’re solidifying it in some cases. . .”

How is the Natalie’s Cakes and More Fund doing?

As of this writing, over $215,000 has been donated to the fund to help Natalie DuBose rebuild. She says she is “overwhelmed.”

It’s amazing, isn’t it, the generosity and big-hearted nature of Americans? On this Thanksgiving, it makes me especially proud to say these words:  I Am An American.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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