Friday, November 9, 2018

Customers buy out US doughnut shop every morning so that owner can take care of sick wife

Source Website: http://www.asiaone.com/world/customers-buy-out-us-doughnut-shop-every-morning-so-owner-can-take-care-sick-wife
By Kimberly Foo, AsiaOne, asiaone@mm2entertainment.com, 08 November 2018


Donut City located in Seal Beach, California.
PHOTO: Donut City located in Seal Beach, California.
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For the past few weeks, people have been queueing up in front of Donut City from as early as 4.30am, with sweet treats flying off the shelves of the bakery located in Seal Beach, California.

And the reason behind customers buying out the store in record time?

It's just so owner John Chhan can close up shop early and spend more time with his wife Stella, who is ill.

The couple has been serving up freshly baked goods to their community for over three decades. Their shop is popular not only for the doughnuts but also for their warm welcomes.



Stella and John Chhan (family photo via CBS)
PHOTO: Stella and John Chhan (family photo via CBS)
Since 1990, John has been behind the counter with his wife, Stella, by his side. His wife of more than 30 years is now recovering from a brain aneurysm. Her sister stepped in to help but customers immediately missed Stella and because of their affection for the man who makes the confections, the community wanted to help, reports CBS News' John Blackstone.
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So when Stella failed to turn up for work one day, concerned customers started to ask Chhan what had happened to her.

She suffered a brain aneurysm on Sept 22 and has been recuperating at a nursing facility. Her husband is only able to visit her in the afternoon after selling all the doughnuts and cleaning up the store.

Chhan told abc13 news in an interview that it has been a difficult period for him and he "felt hurt in his heart". "We work together, we stay together," he said of his wife.



Chhan told abc13 news in an interview that it has been a difficult period for him
PHOTO: Chhan told abc13 news in an interview that it has been a difficult period for him and he "felt hurt in his heart". "We work together, we stay together," he said of his wife.
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And when the couple's community heard of their situation, they sprang to action.

"Days went by and I just couldn't get it out of my head," said customer Dawn Caviola to the Orange County Register. "So I thought, if enough people would buy a dozen doughnuts every morning, he could close early and go be with his wife."

Caviola decided to reach out to neighbours on the message board Nextdoor and her suggestion received overwhelming responses.

People from the community started to queue in front of the shop early in the morning and bought doughnuts and croissants in the dozens. By 8 am, Chhan had to turn down customers at the shop because the sweet treats were all sold out.



The couple's community heard of their situation, they sprang to action.
PHOTO: The couple's community heard of their situation, they sprang to action. People from the community started to queue in front of the shop early in the morning and bought doughnuts and croissants in the dozens.
By 8 am, Chhan had to turn down customers at the shop because the sweet treats were all sold out.
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This allowed him to end work before noon and visit his wife earlier, he said.

Other well-meaning customers reached out to Chhan to help him set up an online fundraising page, but it was an offer that he eventually turned down.

For now, the man said he just wants to spend as much time as possible with his wife.



Dawn Caviola, wrote a blog post on Nextdoor, a social networking service.
PHOTO: Dawn Caviola, wrote a blog post on Nextdoor, a social networking service. She asked the community to help the Chhans. Caviola suggested that if everybody bought Donut City’s inventory of fresh donuts early each morning, then John could get the time he needed with his wife.
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"She can talk, she can write and right now she's trying to start eating something..." he told CBS Local in an interview.

Chhan also took the opportunity to thank his kind customers, saying: "I so appreciate it, I just can't say enough thank you."



Chhan also took the opportunity to thank his kind customers
PHOTO: Chhan also took the opportunity to thank his kind customers, saying: "I so appreciate it, I just can't say enough thank you."
The Chhans are refugees from Cambodia. They became part of the fabric of their community, selling donuts to generation after generation, which is why morning after morning, the donuts are disappearing.
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In this little shop by the sea, the only thing sweeter than the donuts is the outpouring of affection for the man behind the counter.
PHOTO: In this little shop by the sea, the only thing sweeter than the donuts is the outpouring of affection for the man behind the counter. The incredible and selfless gesture is going viral, touching hearts around the world.
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 A hardworking couple who came to America as refugees from Cambodia has been serving up hot and fresh donuts to their community south of Los Angeles since 1990.
PHOTO: A hardworking couple who came to America as refugees from Cambodia has been serving up hot and fresh donuts to their community south of Los Angeles since 1990. Their hard work made their Donut City shop an institution in Seal Beach for decades.
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For now, John Chhan said he just wants to spend as much time as possible with his wife.
PHOTO: For now, John Chhan said he just wants to spend as much time as possible with his wife.
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By Kimberly Foo, AsiaOne, asiaone@mm2entertainment.com, 08 November 2018



Reference
[1] Kimberly Foo, AsiaOne, Customers buy out US doughnut shop every morning so that owner can take care of sick wife, posted on 08 November 2018, http://www.asiaone.com/world/customers-buy-out-us-doughnut-shop-every-morning-so-owner-can-take-care-sick-wife