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#SendTheLove to friends and family while social distancing

People are finding unique ways to let others know we are all in this together.

PHOENIX — Arizonans have been under stay-at-home orders for several weeks to protect the most vulnerable people from COVID-19. 

Being inside and staying isolated is not preventing people from sending love to others through uncertain times. 

Just shoot a 15-second video of your greetings to one another – whether it's "happy birthday," "congrats on your wedding," or even just "I miss you" – and post them on your social media using the hashtag #SendTheLove. 

We also want to feature people paying it forward, so send us those too.

You can also send your #SendTheLove video greetings to connect@12news.com.

#SendTheLove feed:

A Valley boy, named Mateo, was celebrating his third birthday while battling a terminal illness. Mateo is a huge fan of garbage trucks, so when Republic Services found out, they threw him a parade of garbage trucks. Mateo said it was the "best birthday ever."

The City of Tempe is honoring students with a chalk walk. It's happening at Third Street and Mill Avenue. You can find more information here

Two Valley teenagers had a bright idea on how to give back to the community. The girls, a seventh grader and a high schooler, started We Give A Shade sunglasses business to give back to the community and raise money for a car. For every pair of sunglasses bought, two are donated. So far 1,000 glasses have been donated from local hospitals in Arizona, to a nursing home in Iowa, to a hospital in Nebraska and Michigan.

Hawthorn Court at Ahwatukee shared a video of a granddaughter visiting her grandmother recently. Joyce's granddaughter was visiting from California with a friend so they stopped by to play some music for Joyce.

Joyce’s granddaughter is visiting from California with a friend and wanted to play for her grandmother. Music is such an important part of Joyce’s everyday life - she was in heaven! 🎻🎶 #musicwarmstheart #family #frontierstrong

Posted by Hawthorn Court At Ahwatukee on Monday, May 18, 2020

Tony Gunsten, known to his students as Mr. Tony, released a song to say goodbye to his students. You can download the song here

Seniors from the class of 2020 at Thunderbird High School shared a video of the school fight song, quarantine style. 

The casts of Mesa Encore Theatre's production of "In the Heights" reunited virtually to perform "96,000."

As the temps heat up this summer, Timber Mesa Fire and Medical made a virtual safety video to keep you and your family safe. 

100 years -- times two! Two residents at Morning Star at Arrowhead turned 100 on the same day! Family and friends came by for a window birthday party to mark the major milestone. 

Credit: Esther Di Camillo

The Sunnyslope community has come together to crowdfund a graduation mural for our seniors! Artist Ray Rivas supervised a group of kid to paint this 100 foot ‘Class of 2020’ mural at Third Drive and Dunlap. 

RELATED: #SendTheLove: Students paint mural dedicated to fellow Sunnyslope High School seniors

Credit: Lily Williams

With competitions and fundraising events cancelled through June, Special Olympics Arizona is finding unique ways for its athletes to stay connected. And for some healthy competition the Special Olympics is hosting a virtual dance fundraiser. Those who want to participate are encouraged to do a 15 second dance to the song "Happy" by Pharell Williams, and share it on social media using #SOAZDanceChallenge and #DancetoDonate.  

Credit: Special Olympics Arizona

One Peoria family is having fun while social distancing. Check out Super Nana Rosie and her sidekicks enjoying some time outside. 

Credit: Terri L. Peña

We can't forget our furry friends during the the time! Puppies 'N love and Animal Kingdom is making sure families in need have pet food. The two pet stores will be set up on Saturday outside the Paradise Valley Mall, giving away $20,000 worth of food. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 11 just north of Dillard's.

Credit: Linda J. Nofer

Glendale first responders gave a special thank you to those working at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. They lined up during shift change to cheer on the men and women that are working around the clock to keep us safe. 

A virtual graduation unlike any other! 

The University of Arizona College of Medicine hosted its first virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate the hard work and dedication of 93 newly minted physicians. 

The students were virtually led into the ceremony by a pipe and drum corps while they were hooded by family members and friends.

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