Customers Formed Long Lines At Donut Shop, But It Wasn't Just For Donuts.
A Plan To Help
Someone had offered to start a GoFundMe account to collect donations for the Chhans, but the Chhans weren't comfortable with the idea of accepting donations. That was when the plan of purchasing donuts in bulk was born. It was posted on the neighborhood social media site, Nextdoor. The plan quickly spread throughout the community.
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From then on, a crowd gathered at the store for glazed donuts, muffins, and other sweets. People of all ages and professions showed up to buy treats; maintenance workers, teachers, accountants, parents, and children came to support the Chhans by buying an entire dozen of donuts. It didn't matter if they needed all of the donuts or not, they just wanted to do whatever it took to help out their favorite donut shop owners. And some of those that didn't want all of their donuts gave them away to the homeless.
Thanks to his amazing customers, John was usually sold out of donuts by noon! For most business owners, having a store full of empty shelves would mean poor business or a public crisis, but for John, having empty shelves was most certainly a blessing.
The store selling out of donuts every day was definitely great for the Chhan's financial status, but it was even better for Stella. John was able to go home and spend time caring for Stella. He needed to be there for her as much as he could.
When word got out that the customers were coming together for the Chhans, a ripple effect of support and kindness spread throughout the entire community of Seal Beach. Even radio and TV personality, Ryan Seacrest, decided that he wanted to buy out all of the donuts at Chhans. So, accompanied by On-Air and the KIIS FM local street team, Ryan headed to the shop early in the morning on November, 6th. But when they got there, Chhan had already sold out of all of his donuts!
On Air With Ryan
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