Residents at Seal Beach, Los Angeles, have been working together to help the owner of their favorite doughnut shop and his sick wife.
John Chhan, the owner of Donut City at Seal Beach, had been working hard to sell his doughnuts each day as fast as he could so he can go ahead and visit the love of his life.
When his loyal customers found out about it, they had been helping out by purchasing his goods a dozen at a time.
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Chhan and Stella, his wife, have been the owners of the doughnut shop for 30 years. Since they moved to Orange County from Cambodia in 1979 as refugees, they have together each morning to sell doughnuts to their avid customers.
Many of their loyal patrons were stunned when they found out that Stella had a brain aneurysm. The good news is that she’s alive and recovering, but she is still very frail and has been staying at a nursing home.
Being the loving husband that he is, Chhan is in a rush every day to sell out his doughnuts so he could be with his wife.
Customers offered to set up a GoFundMe page for the couple, but Chhan refused. He insisted that his only wish was to spend more time with his wife.
As a result, customers had been buying his doughnuts by the dozen each morning so he can run along at the rehabilitation center and be with Stella.
Speaking with ABC News, Chhan said, “[They’re buying] one or two dozen doughnuts for their friends and relatives. Before they [would buy] one, two or three donuts.”
When word about the couple spread, the Donut City had been selling out their goods as early as 8:30 a.m.
A customer of the doughnut shop for 18 years, Marc Loopesko said that he found out about Chhan’s situation online.
He said, “We're very close-knit. When there is a need, we really step forward and bond together, put our differences aside and we help one another.”
Loopesko also shared that he had been giving away the doughnuts to homeless people, his neighbors, and even to the city workers like firefighters.
As for Stella’s recovering process, Chhan said to CBS, “She can talk, she can write. Right now she’s trying to start…eat something.”
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