Customers Rush To Buy Donuts in California So Shop Owner Can Visit Sick Wife
Customers at a Californian donut shop have been visiting in droves to make sure the owner sells out of products early - so the owner can get away and spend as much time as possible with his sick wife.
Stella and John Chhan have been running Donut City in Seal Beach, Orange County, for three decades now and are open every day of the week - at least, until their stock for the day runs out.
However, recently it's just been John behind the counter every day selling their wares. His wife suffered a debilitating aneurysm several weeks ago.
Eventually, their regular customers started to notice that Stella wasn't there every day like normal and were shocked to learn of her predicament - and wanted to help in any way they could.
Luckily, there was a way to help. And it's a win/win situation for everyone concerned.
Regular customer Dawn Caviola told The Orange County Register: "Days went by and I just couldn't get it out of my head,
"So, I thought, if enough people buy a dozen doughnuts every morning, he could close early and go be with his wife."
Good call. Everyone gets their donuts and John gets to be with Stella earlier in the day.
Dawn then posted her idea onto a local networking website, and the idea took off. Since then, John has been sold out completely by noon most days. That means he can get away to the rehab clinic where his wife is continuing her recovery.
John told CBS News: "She can talk, she can write,
"Right now, she's trying to start... eat something."
It sounds as if the recovery is going to plan, at least. These things obviously take time, though. Luckily John has the help of his customers to get him out of there.
This past weekend, he says he was even able to leave at 10am.
The 62 year old said: "We are so thankful,"
The Chhan family arrived in the United States as refugees from Cambodia in 1979. They managed to save up enough to buy Donut City around ten years after that.
Since then, they have opened nearly every day, first thing in the morning. That kind of dedication obviously hasn't gone unnoticed by their faithful customers.
One regular added: "We have watched them work extremely hard to keep their doors open and support their family.
"We will always support them, even more so in their time of need."
In addition, the regulars even offered to set up a GoFundMe page for John and Stella, but John declined.
"He said he has enough money," Caviola said. "He just wants to spend more time with his wife."
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