In a small city in California, a doughnut shop has been selling out every morning, and it’s not just because the donuts taste so good. Customers have been buying all the donuts to allow the owner to close early and spend time with his wife.
A few weeks ago, the owners of Donut City in Seal Beach, California, had a medical emergency. Stella Chhan suffered an aneurysm and needed to recover in a nursing home. Her husband, John, wanted to spend more time with his wife but, as they were the sole owners and operators of the local donut shop, it was difficult to get time away.
Locals inquired about the missing Stella and he explained her condition and his situation. One customer, Dawn Caviola, posted about it on the social site Nextdoor, where she suggested they buy out the stock of donuts, allowing Mr. Chhan to close early and spend time with his recovering wife.
Loyal customers to a doughnut shop in California have been buying the delectable treats by the dozens ever since they discovered that the store-owner's wife had fallen ill, all in an effort to help him see her more often. https://t.co/LVimftt1m6 pic.twitter.com/FGKNllfGBr
— ABC News (@ABC) November 3, 2018
Every morning for the last week and a half, people have lined up at the door when it opens at 4:30 in the morning. Before afternoon, the stock is gone, sometimes as early as 7:30 a.m. This allows Mr. Chhan to close the shop for the day and be with his wife.
The story has touched people’s hearts.
That’s customer loyalty. And that’s us at our best, when we are giving back. To all. To us.
— LA2LA2LA2LA (@TLynnsB3) November 6, 2018
Absolutely beautiful story!
— Go Blue Raiders (@Twigs2009) November 4, 2018
Sweet story. We need stories like this.
— thehungrylibrarian (@thehungrylibra2) November 3, 2018
I know it pains them having to buy and eat all those donuts. Lol! I pray the baker's wife is healed of her aliments, healed so that she can live a wonderful life.
— temperance2018 (@goodness2018) November 6, 2018
This is the America I know.
Stuff your face with Donuts.
Support a person in need. #KindnessIsMagic
— 🇨🇦 Freddy Lastname (@YallFreddy4this) November 6, 2018
Now see, this is the America I believe in. More of this please, be kind and supportive of each other.
— L (@L52346096) November 3, 2018
We need more stories like this! So heartwarming ❤️
— Kaye Cole, PhD (@KayeColePhD) November 3, 2018
Some even wanted to contribute and buy donuts from far away.
Is there mail order options?
— Lee Hambrick (@travel2livelife) November 4, 2018
Though not everyone sees this as a positive story.
Imagine thinking this is a good news story. This is the story of a society so sick that a man can’t afford to close his business for a couple of months to care for his wife without losing everything.
— Frances Barber’s Gin Sweats (@Strontiumdog500) November 6, 2018
The community has been very supportive of the couple, who have run the local Donut City for nearly three decades. While someone suggested they could set up a GoFundMe page for the couple, the Chhans declined. They don’t want money, just more time to spend together.