LIFE

Every Day, Customers Buy Out Donut Shop’s Inventory So Owner Can Go Home To Sick Wife

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. She loves viral videos, her poodle mix Cali, and doing the robot.

For the past 30 years, John Chhan and his wife, Stella, have been the proud owners of Donut City, a doughnut shop located in Seal Beach, California. John and Stella arrived in California as Cambodian refugees in 1979 and have been hard at work ever since.

As the years passed, Donut City customers came to depend on their morning donuts and coffee, served by the friendly couple who worked behind the counter, side by side.

But one day, the patrons noticed Stella’s absence. And the next day, and the next. Where had she gone?

John revealed his beloved wife had suffered an aneurysm. She is currently in rehabilitation and working to get her strength back. All John wants to do is spend as much time with her as possible, but he also needs to keep their business up and running.

Loyal and caring customers reached out to John to see if they could set up a GoFundMe page for him and Stella, but he said no.

Determined to help John spend more time with Stella, the customers came up with another plan — and this one he couldn’t refuse.

Now their incredible and selfless gesture is going viral, touching hearts around the world.

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