Last Wednesday almost ended as a "normal" day at . Almost.
The day ended in a devastating attack and robbery that has left Yong Yang facing potential loss of sight in his left eye and a community rallying to try to help save a local small business.
According to Easttown Police Chief David Obzud, Yang was attacked as he climbed into his van after locking up his Berwyn produce market for the day. An 18-year-old and a juvenile accomplice pounced on Yang, threatened him with a knife and punched him in the face. The blow was so hard that it shattered his glasses, causing severe damage to his left eye.
Multiple sources tell Patch that Yang is now home recupperating after extensive eye surgery in Philadelphia.
Local businesses, led by Kim Cuthbert of Sweet Jazmine's Bakery and Stacey Ballard of Eadeh Enterprises have been making donations to help cover medical expenses not covered by Yang's insurance. Both women have been soliciting donations from other local small business owners who have rallied to the call with thousands of dollars in donations, but more is still needed.
You can help by taking home a treat from . Friday afternoon bake-at-home sweet potato cake/cupcake batter was the item of the day Every penny from the sale of specially selected items will go toward helping "Mr. Yang" (as 'everyone' calls him).
Cuthbert also has a get well card you can sign. The bake-at-home cake batter is the latest in a week-long fundraising drive, which has featured a different sweet treat every two days. Cuthbert says more specials are coming next week. As of 5 p.m. Friday Sweet Jazmine's had sold more than 100 pounds of the batter in two days. When the batter sold out, the pastry shop switched over to sticky buns. Several customers came and simply made donations when they heard the story of what had happened to the produce market owner.