Joy Break: A Sweet Story

By Nancy Flory Published on November 7, 2018

When we turn on our television or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? Those stories are still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

Donut City near Los Angeles, California, has been selling out of its sweet treats early in the morning. Ever since folks found out that the owner’s wife, Stella Chhan, is recovering from an aneurysm, they’ve been buying dozens of doughnuts.

Why? They want to help John Chhan close up shop early so he can be with his wife at a rehabilitation center.

A Dozen Doughnuts

It all began when one customer found out about Stella’s illness. Stella had been a fixture at the shop with her husband for 28 years. When Dawn Caviola realized Stella was sick, she knew she had to do something. “I went home and I just couldn’t get it out of my head,” Caviola told NBC News. “They are just such hardworking people.”

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That’s when the idea of blogging about the situation came to Caviola. She wrote about the couple on Nextdoor, a private community network, asking the local community to buy a dozen doughnuts. “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.” Because of the overwhelmingly positive response, John Chhan has been able to close shop early and spend time with his wife. 

Last Saturday, Chhan was able to close his shop by 8:30 a.m. “We sold everything already. I feel very warm and very happy. Thank you to everyone.” 

Chhan’s wife is recovering well. He thinks she’ll be back at the shop soon. “She is a lot better. She can speak now and she is learning how to eat again.”


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