I Love Ferguson to Present $50,000 to ReInvest North County

Update: Sunday, December 21, 2014 WONDERFUL NEWS! I LOVE FERGUSON will present a $50,000 check to ReInvest North County this coming Tuesday, December 23rd, at 11:00am at 299 South Florissant Rd. A press release will go out Monday morning. I ask you to please join us for this special presentation. Incredibly since last month when I Love Ferguson donated its third $5,000 check, more tragedy struck. Due to additional unrest after the grand jury’s decision many more businesses had their windows broken, were looted or totally destroyed by fires. The destruction was unbelievable. However, since then there is great news. Private citizens and small companies have responded. The I Love Ferguson Store has seen growth beyond belief. Outright donations and sales of I Love Ferguson items has surged these last several weeks. Requests for items have come from all over, including foreign countries. People from all walks of life showed up to clean and board up the windows. Boarded windows now display some of the most incredible artwork from talented volunteers. A Children’s Book, 2015 Calendars and post cards are being assembled and produced showcasing the artwork to raise additional funds for those affected. We are pleased to announce that with this additional $50,000 check, this will bring our total donated so far to $65,000. Many more mom and pop / independent businesses will receive some much needed relief during this holiday season. We will continue our 501(c)3 fund raising efforts as long as there is a need and we have the volunteers needed to run the I Love Ferguson Store. Look for more auctions of local celebrities and...
Hope, after five days of pain

Hope, after five days of pain

By Kurt Greenbaum I cannot presume to add anything new to the conversation about Ferguson, Mike Brown, Darren Wilson, racial inequity or white privilege. I can only share a small slice of a morning, five days after a grand jury said no to charges against the city police officer. All I can do is share a small slice from a nippy early Saturday morning at the I Love Ferguson center on South Florissant. The morning saw a gathering of people from throughout Ferguson and other area communities for an open house. I met an 80-year-old woman who looked like she was in her 60s, pleased to tell me about her 78 years living in Ferguson, with a broad smile on her face. I met a 15-year resident of the city who said the way I could help was simple: Spend money in Ferguson. That’s a pretty simple request. Mission accomplished, with more to come. The early morning chill gave way to a sunny and warm late morning, as the street soon came alive with artists from around the region who had gathered to “Paint for Peace” along the boarded up storefronts. With paint, brushes and other supplies contributed by ArtBar in St. Louis, artists fanned out to adorn the plywood affixed to the storefronts along Florissant Avenue — a way to beautify something that by its mere existence is not beautiful. The message was simple: Strive for messages of peace in your artwork. Many of those storefronts had already been painted; they’re among the photos that are part of the Facebook gallery you should be able to see here....

WOW $35,000 raised in one week

Update: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 WOW $35,000 raised in one week! You probably have noticed that I have gone silent since last Monday night. Quite frankly, I have been so busy, I could not respond. We have all been devastated by what we saw and heard that evening. I have spoken to any media that would let me speak. I defended our city with every fiber of my being. I could not believe this was really happening to our beloved community. Epic failure, except for our local government. Our community was promised that we would be protected by the National Guard and State Highway Patrol. We were instead ignored for hours. I don’t care what excuse Governor Nixon eventually comes up with. He failed as a leader in a time of crisis, plain and simple. I believe a person’s true character rises or sinks during extreme pressure. Mr. Nixon is finished as an elected official as far as I am concerned. NOW the great news. The people have responded and are responding. We have raised over $35,000 since last Monday night. The destruction and looting was so massive it will take millions upon millions of Dollars to rebuild. Rebuild we will. I guarantee it. We have the spirit and character to survive and grow even stronger. We will rebuild West Florissant. We will insist on aid from the State and Federal Government. I believe in this community. No more time for tears; we must get to work. God bless Ferguson and North County and give us strength! I want to introduce Ms. Danni Eickenhorst. She has agreed to help market...
Hope & Healing: Images from Ferguson

Hope & Healing: Images from Ferguson

This weekend, local graphic designer and photographer, Michael Kilfoy of Studio X, volunteered his time and talent to memorialize the hope and healing seen in downtown Ferguson. Volunteers from the Paint for Peace project turned boarded up businesses into works of art and clearly spread the message that love will win. Below are a few of the images he was able to capture. To see the full album, visit our Facebook...