San Diego community rallies to help save donut shop

Posted at 5:23 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 00:28:12-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — This year marks 30 years of business for Freshh Donuts near Imperial Beach, and it also marks the year the owners, Richard and Tracy, worried they would need to close their doors for good.

With the impact of coronavirus, many of their regular customers stopped coming in.

"Maybe a customer comes in once every hour and they would only buy two donuts," said Benjamin Kim, their son, who has been helping out.

Benjamin said a customer suggested they post in a local food Facebook book.

"I honestly didn’t think it was going to do anything but it was ‘okay my mom asked me to do a favor so why not," he said.

To their shock, the post gained about 2,000 interactions, filled with people sharing and commenting saying they wanted donuts. Benjamin got to work, making deliveries to customers.

For the first time since the pandemic, they cleared their shelves and had to make more donuts because the demand is so high.

"It’s the community, I just made a simple post, I didn’t expect it blow up, that’s for sure," said Benjamin.

Freshh Donuts is located at 2295 Palm Ave. and is open seven days a week.