Living with Intention: Natalie's Cakes and More

I enjoy sharing stories of hope and compassion--especially throughout the holiday season. I also love when I see social media being used in a positive way. This past week, as I was browsing through my Twitter feed, I noticed a tweet from CNN's Chris Cuomo. It was a link to Go Fund Me--where I found the incredible story of Natalie Dubose. 

Natalie is from Ferguson, Missouri--a town that has been in the news a lot recently. Sure, there have been peaceful protests in this community, but there has also been a lot of unnecessary violence. I personally do not care which "side" someone is on, or what your opinion has been regarding the situation in Ferguson--as long as one's feelings are expressed in a calm and intelligent way. However, I do care when innocent and upstanding members of society are being targeted for no reason. What is happening in Missouri and across the nation is unacceptable. A life was lost, no matter who was at fault, but that does not give someone the excuse to loot, vandalize, beat up or harass a random stranger or business--destroying their livelihood.

Natalie started her cake shop just this past summer, only to have it destroyed. Go Fund Me has given Natalie, and many other wonderful businesses in her community, a chance for a comeback. I find it fascinating how everyone can donate even just one dollar...and those dollars can add up to over $200,000 in less than 24 hours...tweets and posts can go viral...causing everyone from myself to the likes of Patrica Heaton of ABC's The Middle and Brandi Glanville of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to join in and support this lovely lady. 

This is social media at its finest. Actually, it's the human spirit at its finest and I'm proud of everyone for supporting Natalie. It's incredibly moving, especially during this time of Thanksgiving and Christmas, to see America (and the world!) rally around and give continued hope to one's dreams. 

To support Natalie and other like-minded citizens of Ferguson, Missouri--

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” 

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