Cash mob to help Chandler donut shop destroyed by hit & run driver

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A driver crashed into the donut shop in Chandler and drove off. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A driver crashed into the donut shop in Chandler and drove off. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The repairs to the shop will cost about $5,000. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The repairs to the shop will cost about $5,000. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
People are encouraged to shop at Boba & Donuts all day to help Year rebuild and rebound from this devastating loss. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) People are encouraged to shop at Boba & Donuts all day to help Year rebuild and rebound from this devastating loss. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A community is rallying behind a Chandler donut shop after a hit and run driver destroyed the front of its business.

Around 9:37 a.m. Wednesday, Chandler police say a man in a BMW SUV crashed into the front of Boba and Donuts located at Chandler Blvd and Kyrene.

The man backed his BMW out of the shop and then sped off. He has not been located.

“I just felt shocked,” said Melissa Year, business owner.

Year boarded the front of the shop to cover broken frames and glass windows. She says the damage could cost up to $5,000 and take four to six weeks to repair.

“I don’t know what to do. It’s hard because my husband and I both work in the shop so we have no other income,” said Year.

Year estimates business is down 80 percent because customers are not aware of the shop’s rear entrance.

“We hope to shore that up and make that more bearable,” said Matthew Coates, a community member.

Coates, creator of the community Facebook group Living Chandler is planning a cash mob Friday to help support Year’s business.

“It’s pretty devastating. You’ve got to wait for insurance claims, and you have to wait for the construction to come through so there’s some time that’s going to go by before they get back up to speed,” said Coates.

The idea has drawn interest from more than a hundred people from all over the East Valley.

“The response has been completely overwhelming. We hope to get them through this and back on their feet. It’s a reflection of the Chandler community,” said Coates.

People are encouraged to shop at Boba & Donuts all day to help Year rebuild and rebound from this devastating loss.

“I don’t know what to say. I hope it’s going to be good for me,” said Year.

The shop is located at 6165 W. Chandler Blvd.

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