WIN: Despite Vandalism, Old Fashioned Donuts Will Be Stronger Than Before Thanks to Successful GoFundMe Campaign

Owner Buritt Bulloch making donuts, Old Fashioned Donuts, 11248 S. Michigan Avenue in Roseland. Photo Credit: Ward Miller
Old Fashioned Donuts, 11248 S. Michigan Avenue in Roseland. Photo Credit: Ward Miller

“Over the past 47 years, Old Fashioned Donuts in Roseland has become a staple of the Roseland/Pullman community. But as riots ensued in different parts of the city, Old Fashioned was one of the many businesses in the Far South Side to be affected by the looting and vandalism.

“This led Leda Edwards and her cousin Drejauna Bulloch, to set up a GoFundMe page where the initial goal was $1,000 dollars to repair the broken storefront windows. In less than 24 hours more than $10,000 had been raised. Within a day, more than $15,000.

“‘People just keep donating even after they realized that we reached our goal,’ said Edwards.

“According to Tina Bulloch, manager of Old Fashioned and mother of Edwards, an anonymous customer has offered to pay for both windows and asked that the money be used to upgrade the establishment.

“There’s a lot we need to fix including our AC, our roof and our floor. We were not expecting this many donations at all and I really appreciate that especially seeing the smile on my grandfather’s face.’

“Despite needing new windows, Old Fashioned will continue to stay open from 6 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

“‘To all of our patrons and friends, I am so eternally grateful to each and every one of you for hanging in here with me all these years,’ Buritt Bulloch said via the official Old Fashioned Facebook page. ‘My motto: You keep buying, we will keep frying!'” (Maynez, Block Club Chicago)

Old Fashioned Donuts is a Chicago Legacy Business on South Michigan Avenue in Roseland, a 2020 Preservation Chicago 7 Most Endangered. The campaign raised nearly $26,000.

Link to Old Fashioned Donuts GoFundMe Campaign

Additional Reading

After Vandal Smashed Old Fashioned Donuts Window, Fans Of Beloved Business Just Keep Giving Money: “To all of our patrons and friends, I am so eternally grateful to each and every one of you for hanging in here with me all these years,” owner Buritt Bulloch said, Maria Maynez, Block Club Chicago, 6/3/20

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