Customers have rushed to empty the shelves of a doughnut shop every morning so its owner can go home and care for his sick wife.
Fans of the Donut City shop in Seal Beach, California, are buying even more of the treats than usual in a bid to support owner John Chhan and his wife Stella, who suffered a brain aneurysm last month.
After realizing John needed time to care for Stella while keeping his business afloat, they began lining up as soon as the store opens at 4:30am each morning and buying a dozen doughnuts at a time.
Within three hours its shelves are empty – meaning John can go to the nursing home where Stella is being cared for far ahead of his scheduled 3pm closing time.
Regular Steven O’Fallon told CBSLA: ‘It is heartbreaking to hear her misfortune.
Is it ever okay to make people pay for their own food at your wedding?‘(Stella) was always in the back making doughnuts.’
‘I would drop by there with my mom and dad in the mornings before school.
‘John would always toss a few extra doughnut holes. He always has a smile on his face.’
Fellow Donut City fan Jenee Rogers added: ‘Every Sunday for 20 years, we’ve been purchasing doughnuts.
‘It’s one of the few things that’s still here. He makes them fresh and brings them right there in the mornings.
‘It’s a real American dream for them.’
John and Stella arrived in the US in 1979 as Cambodian refugees, and have worked together in the store ever since.
The devoted husband has shunned requests to set up a GoFundMe account, insisting all that he wants is more time to spend with Stella.
But John has been bowled over by his neighbor’s generosity, telling CBSLA: ‘I am very appreciative.’