When his dad’s new donut shop wasn’t too busy, this son stepped up in a huge way
Sometimes, kids take everything we have out of us and we wonder if anything we’ve taught them, any lesson at all, has sunk in. Then they go and do something so selfless, so thoughtful, that we know we’ve done our job. Such is the case with this kid, who saw his dad’s blood, sweat, and tears opening his own business and decided to help out when things weren’t going very well.
Billy, a freelance automotive and commercial photographer, felt for his dad who recently opened a donut shop, Billy’s Donuts, in Missouri City, Texas. Like any new business on its first day, Billy’s dad hoped and prayed there would be customers lined up out the door. But that wasn’t what happened, which who can believe because helloooo, donuts.
So, Billy being the good son he is, shared photos of his dad in the empty shop on Twitter next to the caption, “My dad is sad cause no one is coming to his new donut shop,” not really comprehending the power his words would have. OK, can we please collectively weep at the empty parking lot and adorable, yet empty, shop?
Fast-forward a couple of days and his tweet went a bit viral and next thing you know, customers are lining up out the door. By Sunday night, Billy sent an update to everyone who made it happen to let them know that the store had completely sold out of donuts and other baked goods.
Obviously, people had many good intentions because people are inherently good (and love themselves some baked goods):
drives 5 hours for donuts ... pic.twitter.com/8jevT1lbJd— Dez (@d3zgomez) March 10, 2019
https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1104585356953964545 https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1104802925514276864 https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1104783450647740417
i am getting on a flight to texas solely to visit this donut shop.— —АНАРХИСТ666 (@killjoyyyss) March 10, 2019
I didn't even need to cause the community came thruu pic.twitter.com/bHEc1afTTx— V (@vincy_bt) March 10, 2019
The power of the tweet works. Billy's Donuts has long lines this morning. pic.twitter.com/yuKIfcPq0R— Gil Gredinger (@photog72) March 10, 2019
Seriously y’all. People are driving hundreds of miles to make sure this small business owner knows he is loved. With all of the rotten awful things going on in the world, this is a clear sign that people are good. Even the local news station had to see what all the fuss was about:
— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) March 10, 2019
When one follower pointed out his dad’s donut shop was named after him, Billy himself knew he wasn’t worthy:
He loves me. I don't deserve this— billy (@hibillyby) March 10, 2019
“Just wanted to update yall! We completely sold out of donuts and kolaches!” Billy wrote in his update. “You are all amazing. I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and supporting local businesses. This means so much to my family.”
Just wanted to update yall! We completely sold out of donuts and kolaches! You are all amazing. I can't thank everyone enough for coming out and supporting local businesses. This means so much to my family ❤️ pic.twitter.com/o3GQcKvVnG
— billy (@hibillyby) March 10, 2019
LOOK AT THEM. Just something to note — in the above update his dad’s donut shop had 71 followers — it’s now has 25,000 strong. Also, not for nothing, these donuts look like heaven wrapped up in a tiny circle with sprinkles.
Of course, Billy wanted to let anyone who may be on the fence know the exact location and hours of his dad’s shop:
Address:— billy (@hibillyby) March 10, 2019
7022 Hwy 6 suite 800 Missouri City, Texas
Donut shop patrons are the best customers on the planet. Remember the donut shop in California whose customers found out the owner waited to close up shop so he could be with his sick wife while she underwent chemo so they bought all of his donuts by 8 am? As I said, donut people are my people.
Anyone in the tri-state area, please go visit Billy and his adorable dad and get yourself a donut fix. Judging by the pictures and reviews, you won’t be disappointed.