Natalie's Cakes and More Updates

$272,247 of $20k goal

Raised by 8,328 people in 21 months
Natalie Lcdubose   Ferguson, MO
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 a Gofundme account by a new friend. She created it 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.

Thank You !!!

Natalie


Contact me on:

Twitter @Ferg_Natalie or
Facebook as Natalie's Cakes and More

Website coming soon !


(campaign created by Kristine Froeba, updates dictated by Natalie)
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Update 22
1 month ago
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Guess who just met her GoFund founder and a complete stranger who became a long-distance friend - until now - the PR lady who started and ran my Fund and Media campaign ...on a whim... and as a favor??? ME!

Local St. Louis business, Renaissance Financial, founder Greg Keller, invited me to speak at their yearly conference as an entrepreneur and they FLEW Kristine Froeba in to surprise me and meet on STAGE during my interview - Oprah Style!

I almost hugged her to death ;-)

We'll both be at my shop baking tomorrow! ;-)))))

Wishing David Swingle was here too!

XOXO,
Natalie
Kristine & Natalie ...finally meet!
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Update 21
2 months ago
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Special prayers and a shoutout to my friend David Swingle Army Ranger overseas serving his country!
David and Kristine both started separate funds for me without me knowing - then they merged the fund and all of you helped put me back in business and acheive my dreams!

Thank You!

#Hooah
#RangersLeadTheWay
#Happy241thBirthdayUSArmy

XOXO
Nat

(this is an update - no more donations!)
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Update 20
3 months ago
My Latest News:

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Update 19
6 months ago
Hello Friends and Loves!

This page exists as a memorial to your kindness and support. It is not a request for additional funds.

I wish all of you the very best and remain in your gratitude always!

Please thank Starbucks Corporation!
I am now selling my Famous Caramel Cakes in THIRTEEN local Starbucks Stores! Yipeee!!!!!!

I am enjoying giving back to my community working with local schools, children's groups, young entrepreneurs, Ferguson City Walk, and offering employment and training to local youth.

I am also very happily selling my Cakes at Washington University St. Louis Campus. Also, in local Ferguson restaurants!

XOXO,

Natalie !
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Carolyn Barnes
11 months ago
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Did you help anyone in ferguson , with all the help you received? Would have been nice to see that in the news too.

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Stu Lach
2 months ago
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Hi Natalie, I'm glad to hear things are going well for you. Stay well,busy and safe.

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Larry Walker
2 months ago
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Glad thing are going well Natalie, and glad I was able to help, at least a little. Hope to make it to Ferguson one day and say hi and try out some baked goods! :-)

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Lynn Sheer
2 months ago
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So glad your doing well Natalie... May God continue to bless you and yours.

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Teresa Stark Riordan
2 months ago
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just hoping your dream is s sweet as you thought it would be, God bless you !

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Glenn Griffin
3 months ago
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So very excited for you Natalie!! If I ever make it to Missouri I'll stop in and say hello!!

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Cathy Lynch Sirvatka
3 months ago
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Natalie, you look fantastic and happy!! I'm so glad for you and for all the good people that there still are in this country! You are loved and supported even if you don't know many of us.

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Buz Worthen
3 months ago
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So happy that you received enough donations to get your business back up and running and to help some others. I wish you well. I live too far away to come and try out your baking, but maybe I can next time I am in the area. I used to live in Bel Nor, a long time ago, and Ferguson was not far away.

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Teresa Stark Riordan
3 months ago
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I was just wondering how you were doing.. you look great and so does your shop ..Many blessings to you

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Brian Eknuf
5 months ago
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Could you tell us which Starbucks you sell your cakes? I drive through St. Louis periodically and would love to buy some. :)

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Vikki Hollis
5 months ago
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Hi Natalie!! I just got your update and am THRILLED that you are doing so well!! God Bless YOU!! (Thanks for letting us hear how you are doing)

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Patti Wise
6 months ago
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So nice of you to let us all know that you are doing well and have been very successful! I am so happy for you! I hope I can visit your shop someday!

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Chris Gains
6 months ago
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Congratulations on your success. Thank you for helping others in need and giving back to your community.

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Ron Honigford
6 months ago
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Was glad to be able to help! Hope it goes well for you.

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Kent Bierley
6 months ago
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Ma'am, I am so HAPPY for you and your business! FAITH MANAGES! I am happy to help you.

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Christine Armstrong
6 months ago
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YOU GO GIRLFRIEND! Nothing was more heartbreaking than to see what happened, through no fault of yours. You were given wings and you flew! Doing what we could to help...with others helping as they could...it's "community" that is there...not "government"...as it should be! SOAR!

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Gary Mc Hatton
6 months ago
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Nice to see you have made a strong come back. Wish I lived where i could make a visit to you shop. Have a blessed day!

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Jean Louise Miller Lilly
6 months ago
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So proud of you for growing your business, expanding and giving back to your community. Stay true!

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Brandon Upson
6 months ago
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This is fantastic news. You are blessed and have a great story.

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Warren Ripley
6 months ago
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Glad you're up and going, Natalie. Admire your determination. God bless you and your family.

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$272,247 of $20k goal

Raised by 8,328 people in 21 months
Created November 25, 2014
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Christian Orr
3 months ago
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God bless and keep up the good work, Natalie!

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Kyle Venolia
3 months ago
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Are you back in business yet?

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Chad and Alli Kahl
12 months ago
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Next time we are back in the Lou we will come by for the Carmel cake! We will be praying that your shop brings hope back to Ferguson.

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Carolyn Barnes
11 months ago
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Did you help anyone in ferguson , with all the help you received? Would have been nice to see that in the news too.

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Stu Lach
2 months ago
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Hi Natalie, I'm glad to hear things are going well for you. Stay well,busy and safe.

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Larry Walker
2 months ago
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Glad thing are going well Natalie, and glad I was able to help, at least a little. Hope to make it to Ferguson one day and say hi and try out some baked goods! :-)

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Lynn Sheer
2 months ago
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So glad your doing well Natalie... May God continue to bless you and yours.

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Teresa Stark Riordan
2 months ago
2
2

just hoping your dream is s sweet as you thought it would be, God bless you !

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Glenn Griffin
3 months ago
1
1

So very excited for you Natalie!! If I ever make it to Missouri I'll stop in and say hello!!

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Cathy Lynch Sirvatka
3 months ago
1
1

Natalie, you look fantastic and happy!! I'm so glad for you and for all the good people that there still are in this country! You are loved and supported even if you don't know many of us.

+ Read More
Buz Worthen
3 months ago
1
1

So happy that you received enough donations to get your business back up and running and to help some others. I wish you well. I live too far away to come and try out your baking, but maybe I can next time I am in the area. I used to live in Bel Nor, a long time ago, and Ferguson was not far away.

+ Read More
Teresa Stark Riordan
3 months ago
1
1

I was just wondering how you were doing.. you look great and so does your shop ..Many blessings to you

+ Read More
Brian Eknuf
5 months ago
1
1

Could you tell us which Starbucks you sell your cakes? I drive through St. Louis periodically and would love to buy some. :)

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Vikki Hollis
5 months ago
1
1

Hi Natalie!! I just got your update and am THRILLED that you are doing so well!! God Bless YOU!! (Thanks for letting us hear how you are doing)

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Patti Wise
6 months ago
1
1

So nice of you to let us all know that you are doing well and have been very successful! I am so happy for you! I hope I can visit your shop someday!

+ Read More
Chris Gains
6 months ago
1
1

Congratulations on your success. Thank you for helping others in need and giving back to your community.

+ Read More
Ron Honigford
6 months ago
1
1

Was glad to be able to help! Hope it goes well for you.

+ Read More
Kent Bierley
6 months ago
1
1

Ma'am, I am so HAPPY for you and your business! FAITH MANAGES! I am happy to help you.

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Christine Armstrong
6 months ago
1
1

YOU GO GIRLFRIEND! Nothing was more heartbreaking than to see what happened, through no fault of yours. You were given wings and you flew! Doing what we could to help...with others helping as they could...it's "community" that is there...not "government"...as it should be! SOAR!

+ Read More
Gary Mc Hatton
6 months ago
1
1

Nice to see you have made a strong come back. Wish I lived where i could make a visit to you shop. Have a blessed day!

+ Read More
Jean Louise Miller Lilly
6 months ago
1
1

So proud of you for growing your business, expanding and giving back to your community. Stay true!

+ Read More
Brandon Upson
6 months ago
1
1

This is fantastic news. You are blessed and have a great story.

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Warren Ripley
6 months ago
1
1

Glad you're up and going, Natalie. Admire your determination. God bless you and your family.

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