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Sun Nov 4, 2018, 05:27 AM Nov 2018

Patrons of California shop buy doughnuts by the dozen to give owner time with wife [View all]

Ever since patrons and community members found out in mid-October that Stella Chhan was ill, they have been arriving at Donut City in Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, to buy donuts by the dozen. The intent is to allow John Chhan to close his Southern California shop early each day so he can spend time with Stella, his wife.

Dawn Caviola, 58, has been a regular of Donut City for the past 13 years — visiting twice a month with her daughter. But during her most recent visit she found out that John Chhan, 62, was maintaining the shop on his own because Stella Chhan, 63, had suffered an aneurysm in late September and was recovering at a rehabilitation center.

"I went home and I just couldn't get it out of my head," Caviola told NBC News on Saturday. "They are just such hardworking people."

Caviola decided to write a blog post on the private community network, Nextdoor, to urge local residents to help.

"I have never done anything like that before but I just thought if everyone can just buy a dozen doughnuts, it might help him out. I didn't think it would become this big," she said.

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