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Mama C's reopens, community rallies support

Mama C's Donuts & Coffee reopened to the public on Monday. (WNWO/Marcus Espinoza)

Tears of joy streamed down the face of Mama C's owner, Chandar Chao on Monday.

"I care about them, I don't want them to be sick," said Chao.

It wasn't too long ago those were tears of pain in what would end up being a significant Norovirus outbreak originating from Mama C's.

"Somehow this happened. And it's hard, we've been in business for 14 years, we don't have any bad record for violations or anything so when that popped up it was just like...how did this happen?" said Chao.

Gabriel Begeman and his mom Johanna have been coming to Mama C's for a while.

They say they're determined to show support to this shop and say that it's obvious why so many have come out in support.

"I think the people. I think the donuts. I think the community itself. We come from Toledo, we used to live in South Toledo but we come here specifically past several donut shops to get here...we think it's a little bit of everything," said Johanna Begeman.

Chao says the shop is determined to not let this happen again.

"We wont make them disappointed, promise," said Chao.

And to make sure of that, St. Lukes Hospital chipped in to loan "The Germinator" to Mama C's.

A disinfecting robot that normally prevents hospital infections with UV light is being used in the shop to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores.

For Chao, she's forever grateful for a community that came together to her.

"We are so grateful. We have a lot of customers that love us and friends just like family and thank you so much from my heart. I love you guys, thank you," said Chao.

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