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Loyal Customers Buy Out Doughnut Shop Each Day So Owner Can Be With His Ailing Wife


An owner of a doughnut shop was struggling to spend time with his sick wife. Handling his business affairs took up a lot of time… until his customers stepped in to help in a remarkable way.

Through Sickness And Health

In 1979, John Chhan and his wife Stella were refugees from Cambodia seeking a better life in America. They settled in California and opened up a popular doughnut shop, Donut City, in Seal Beach. The couple worked together for three decades, running the shop together.

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Things changed when Stella had a life-altering brain aneurysm. She survived but is undergoing rehab. John continued working at the shop, rushing to Stella’s rehab facility as soon as the shop closed.

Doughnut For A Cause

When customers heard Stella was sick, they immediately wanted to help. John refused to accept any fundraising, though. “He said he has enough money,” one customer Dawn Caviola said in an interview. “He just wants to spend more time with his wife.”

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So his loyal customers came up with a plan. They would buy doughnut by the dozen each morning instead of one at a time. With that strategy, John’s inventory would sell out by the morning. That would leave John with plenty of time to be with his wife while still making money. With the shop opening at 4:30 in the morning, doughnut have sold out as early as 7:30 am.

Grateful Hearts

A lot of the customers at Donut City have been buying doughnuts there for decades, and are thankful for their service and work ethic. So when it came time to pull together for John and Stella, it was a no-brainer. “We have watched them work extremely hard to keep their doors open and support their family,” customer Marc Loopesko said. “We will always support them, even more so in their time of need.”

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John was grateful as well for the customers’ help. With the early morning rush, he’s been able to go support Stella, who is recuperating slowly but surely. “I so appreciate it,” he said. “I just can’t say enough thank you and thank you.”

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