Residents Are Buying Donuts By The Dozen To Help The Owner Take Care Of His Sick Wife

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Residents Are Buying Donuts By The Dozen To Help The Owner Take Care Of His Sick Wife

This story may just be the sweetest thing we’ve had all day! 🍩💕

The community of Seal Beach has come together to buy dozens of donuts before lunch-time – and not because they’re extremely hungry.

John Chhan and his wife Stella moved to America as Cambodian refugees to start a life together nearly four decades ago. In 1979, a quaint shop right by the Pacific Coast Highway called Donut City was born and the Chhan’s have worked by each other’s side ever since.

In the past couple of weeks, regulars noticed Stella’s absence and when asked John shared that his wife had an aneurysm earlier last month. After hearing the news residents did everything they could to get the word out – customers even offered to set up a GoFundMe account but John refused.

Locals weren’t going to give up easily. Everyone began to send newsletters, call friends, and share on social media to propose that everyone buy donuts in large amounts so that John could go home early in the day to spend his time tending to his delicate wife.

The Chhan’s story seemed to travel quickly; L.A. news channels have reported that Donut City has cleaned out as early at 7 a.m! John and Stella have been making the mornings of customers for over 30 years and the city is simply doing their part in returning the favor. (We’re not crying, you are.)

Location: 1210 Pacific Coast Hwy, Seal Beach, CA 90740. See it on Google maps.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 4:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Sat-Sun 4:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

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