Thursday, 22 November, 2018

California doughnut shop owner gets customers’ support after wife's aneurysm

John Chhan was stunned by the community's support John Chhan was stunned by the community’s support. Source Eyewitness NewsMore
Ginger Lawrence | 06 November, 2018, 14:52

California couple John Chhan, 62, and Stella Chhan, 63, ran a doughnut shop for nearly three decades until Stella was struck by a brain aneurysm on September 22.

Chhan, 62, and his wife, Stella, 63, migrated to California in 1979 as refugees from Cambodia, KCAL reported.

Weakened by her condition, Stella is now in rehab, requiring continuous care and attention.

Mr Chhan and his wife Stella ran the store together for 30 years until Stella suffered a brain aneurysm last month. "Right now she's trying to... eat something".

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"I went home and I just couldn't get it out of my head", said Dawn Caviola, a regular of Donut City for the past 13 years. "We need more people like that to just help everybody out in whatever need they have". Customers also offered to set up a GoFundMe page to help the couple but Chhan reportedly declined the offer because he simply wanted to spend time with his wife.

"Come and support this guy's donuts", one customer said, KCBS reported.

Customers launched a heartwarming campaign to purchase the shop's entire doughnut stock every morning, after learning Mr Chhan would visit his wife at the rehabilitation centre after selling all his doughnuts and cleaning the shop.

Others are helping spread the word via newsletters and by word of mouth, convincing everyone to buy doughnuts one dozen at a time.