These days, it seems like everyone has a GoFundMe, even for issues they’re facing that can’t necessarily be fixed by money.
When a spouse falls ill, sometimes all you need is to be able to be with them to help nurse them back to health, but for many, this can be difficult with a business to run.
John Chhan and his wife, Stella, have owned Donut City in Seal Beach, California, for three decades, after arriving in the US in 1979 as refugees from Cambodia.
Customers have grown used to always seeing the two behind the counter, so when they noticed one day that Chhan was alone, they were grieved to learn that Stella had suffered an aneurysm.
CBS 2 in Los Angeles explains that Stella is recovering in rehab, and Chhan had rushed to her side every day when the shop sold out of doughnuts.
“Chhan declined customers’ offer to set up a GoFundMe account for the couple, saying he simply wants more time with his wife,” CBS 2 explains.
“Instead, customers have endeavored to help Donut City sell out early every day so he can return to the rehabilitation center where she is recovering.”
“She can talk, she can write,” Chhan said of his wife’s progress. “Right now she’s trying to start…eat something.”
Through newsletters and word of mouth, customers rallied locals to help buy a dozen doughnuts at a time, so Chhan can close up sooner to be by Stella’s side.
“It’s a blessing really,” said one unidentified customer. “We need more people like that to just help everybody out in whatever need they have.”
This is an awesome kind of charity. Instead of simply donating some money, these customers are helping Chhan to continue to earn money so he can provide his wife with an invaluable resource: his love, attention, and care.
What a great way to help out a hard-working American business owner!