On On Chop Suey, Ferguson MO

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Raised by 60 people in 57 months
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A lot of people have asked me to make an account for this. But I have really struggled to do it. I talked to my parents and they didn't really want to ask for money, they found temporary jobs at a friend's resturant and are able to sustain. I don't have a specific donation goal in mind, but all the other campaigns seems to set it at 20k. I'm not expecting to get that much, but maybe just a little bit would be cool, I'm just imagining giving them a call one day and tell them we raised some money for us and make their day (just imaginining that made me really want to do this). Secondly, I really want people to understand what riots do to people and we should prevent things like this from happening again. So I'd appreciate it if you watch the video. I am not against protesting, but when it involves destroying people's bussiness, properties, and lives, it turns a protest for acknowledgement to an act of revenge. I don't think it really helps their cause, but that's just my opinion.

For those who didn't watch the video. My parents has ran a resturant business at Ferguson for 5 years.  I'm out of state right now, but I got a phone call from my parents during the riot, and they told me they burned down the plaza. They told me the ceiling is destroyed, the glass windows and the door in the front is destroyed. The ceiling won't be fixed for a few months so we won't be able to open for at least a while. We don't own the plaza, the owner has not been responding to us, so we are not sure if we would be able to open it back there again and if business will recover. But when we started the bussiness, we didn't have a lot of customers and made very little money.  My parents started to open on Sundays, and even most holidays like Thanksgiving and July 4th, After years of hardwork, the business has started to go well.  My father has been so happy to tell me about it everytime I call him.  

After the riots, a lot of customers came to the resturant to ask how my parents were doing. After I posted my video on facebook, a lot of my friends msg me to offer help.  And especially to Russell and his family, he was our neighbor when we lived in the trailer park.  When he heard about the riots on the news, he came to my parents' resturant and help us board up the place. I like to give a shout out to them, thank you guys so much!
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I met up with the Prilenskis and Janet's family to capture the moment when we tell my parents about the fundraising.

I have known the Prilenskis for years. They are incredible and they treat me like family. For those that have watched the video, I have mentioned them. Unfortunately Richie isn't in town.

Janet is the daughter of the previous owners of the restaurant, whom ran the business for over 30 years. She described the place as her childhood and was incredibly saddened by what happened.

They all had something for us, Mr. and Mrs. Prilenski raised $855 from their family and friends. Janet raised $323 on her campaign, which she started right after hearing about the news even before I knew about it. They decided to give them the money in person because they didn't want fundme to get a cut.

I wrote a thank you note to everyone that supported us. But I don't think there's anything in the English dictionary or known human gestures that I can possibly use to describe my appreciation.

https://sites.google.com/a/u.rochester.edu/ononfund/
Mr. and Mrs. Prilenski
Janet
when I'm telling them
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Thank you guys for your donations! Special thanks to the person who donated $5000 anonymously! (just wow.. :O) I'm keep it a secret from my parents for now, going to hand my parents the check when I go home for Christmas. Maybe I'll get a picture of their reactions. CAN' WAIT!!
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A friend showed me this, that's my dad! I wonder if he knows...

http://www.sltrib.com/news/1881130-155/ferguson-gives-thanks-after-a-quiet
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Goal in under 1 day. Wow.......You guys are absolutely amazing. WOOOOOOOOOOOW Thank you so much!!
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Lisa Hammond
57 months ago
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How did you get so many supporters. I am trying to raise money for my 7 week old to have a tombstone

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Daniel Banks
21 months ago

My Mom and I truly miss The On On chop suey, I feel for this family because people would come in and often try to lie on them about their food, these people were sincere and kind always! We not only want them to come back, but Miss the many times we had with them while they were here, right now we can't provide finical support due to us falling on hard times too, but if we can do anything to help please, please let us know! We love & Miss you all ♥

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Elizabeth Jenkins
57 months ago

Thank you for sharing your story. I was fascinated to hear of your history and the sincerity in your voice. You are very wise for your age and you are truly a great son that I am certain your parents are proud of. i wish your family the best and truly hope your parents can rebuild their business and have their American Dream!

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Lisa Hammond
57 months ago
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How did you get so many supporters. I am trying to raise money for my 7 week old to have a tombstone

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Daniel Banks
21 months ago

My Mom and I truly miss The On On chop suey, I feel for this family because people would come in and often try to lie on them about their food, these people were sincere and kind always! We not only want them to come back, but Miss the many times we had with them while they were here, right now we can't provide finical support due to us falling on hard times too, but if we can do anything to help please, please let us know! We love & Miss you all ♥

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Elizabeth Jenkins
57 months ago

Thank you for sharing your story. I was fascinated to hear of your history and the sincerity in your voice. You are very wise for your age and you are truly a great son that I am certain your parents are proud of. i wish your family the best and truly hope your parents can rebuild their business and have their American Dream!

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