Mystery donor gives money to vandalized stores in Ferguson

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

FERGUSON, MO (KDSK/Huffington Post) - One man, cane in hand, strolled the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, last week with a selfless mission in mind: Help heal the hurt.

He ventured from door to door on West Florissant Ave. on Saturday afternoon giving out envelopes with $100 inside to various businesses, according to KSDK in St. Louis. Many of the storefronts in the area had been damaged from the recent unrest in response to the death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.

"He was an older guy," Dellena Jones, who owns 911 Hair Salon, told the news source of the good Samaritan. Vandals had broken her store's glass front door. "He said he lived in Ferguson forever."

The man, who remains unidentified, told Buffi Blanchard of Clip Appeal Barbershop, "I'm sorry for your losses," after handing her an envelope with two $50 bills inside, KSDK reported.

While tragic circumstances have rocked the Ferguson community, residents haven't had to look far to find compassion amid the uncertainty. Although Ferguson-Florissant schools remained closed during the protests, teachers could be found cleaning up littered streets and organizing learning activities at public libraries for students, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Inspiring images have also shown generosity in action on the streets of Ferguson - from community members supplying those in need with food and water, to young people guarding storefronts from looters and helping protesters hit with tear gas.

To Jones, the good Samaritan's gesture made her more confident that Ferguson can move forward.

"I just would like to say thank you," Jones told KSDK of what she'd want the mystery donor to know. "I am grateful, and it keeps me encouraged and hopeful."

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