PHOENIX — A stay-at-home order in Arizona is keeping families at home but that doesn't mean people can't still send the love to others. Staying home amid the spread of COVID-19 is needed to help flatten the curve.
We want to help you connect with your loved ones, which means virtual hugs all around.
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. We also want to feature people paying it forward, so send us those too.
You can also send your #SendTheLove video greetings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sending love to our local hospitals! Peggy Wise and her husband have donated over 60 masks for the nurses and staff to make sure they stay safe.
Colleen Purple shared a photo she pulled over to capture. She said she was driving back home from a rescue when she saw this chalk art on a fence on Cloud Road and 34th Avenue in Desert Hills. She doesn't know who drew it but with rain moving into the area, she wanted to capture it and share.
Angel Dandridge-Riddick wanted to with her niece, Damoni Coleman, a very happy birthday. Damoni turned 10 years old on April 8th and her aunt wanted to make sure she knows how special she is. Happy Birthday, Damoni!
Nadine Fauerbaugh wanted to thank Jodi Floyd of Scottsdale for all she is doing to serve the community through her 'be fruitful' campaign. She and others in the community and equipment from Home Depot, are picking fruit from trees around the valley to support St. Vincent Depauls Food Bank and the Navajo Nation. Nadine wrote, "I believe she should be recognized and acknowledged for everything she contributes. Her love and compassion for people is outstanding and although she doesn't look for it, she deserves recognition.
Tina Murray of Prescott shared a video she made in hopes of showing little ones the importance of washing their hands to stay healthy while social distancing.
Justin Fuller shared a photo from the Phoenix VA. He wanted to thank everyone who is helping stop the spread of COVID-19.
Jonah Littlesunday shared a touching video and said, "Amid so much negativity in our world, a simple act of kindness, love, and self-love can overcome anything." He also explained that Hozho', or Beauty Way, if the Navajo culture is a way of life.
David Crook shared a video of newborn ducks with no sense of social distancing at Westbrook Village in Peoria.
Standing together to share the love! Heather Sterling sent us this flyer in hopes that people will come together on Friday! She's asking that people in local neighborhoods come outside to their driveways at 9 a.m. on April 10 to say the Pledge of Allegiance together. What a great way to connect with your neighbor and confirm that we're all in this together.
This story is one that will tug on your heartstrings. Six-year-old Avery has leukemia, but she still wants to bring joy to others! Avery is making Easter baskets for kids who won't have any this year! They are totally free, and her dad posted a link on Facebook! Avery says she is used to quarantining because of her immune system but she knows a lot of kids aren't. Thank you, Avery, for your kindness!
If you need a little laugh, check out how this family is living their best quarantine life. Brandon Zanath posted this Facebook of his two kids dressed up from Tiger King and the Lion King.
Talk about paying it forward! Like many restaurants, Chestnut at the Vintage has been impacted by the coronavirus. But thanks to a private anonymous donor, Kristen Steele can now provide her staff with additional hours and provide meals to those in need. This week they are rolling out microwaveable meals that will go to the women of the Hope Women's Center.
Paul Schnabel shared a video his son and fiancé created while in quarantine. He said it’s based off the Saturday Night Live short Lazy Sunday.
David Laucks shared a photo of a masked mug that's sure to make some people smile.
Jeff LaBianco, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, created a music video to thank health care workers.
Brat Haus in Old Town Scottsdale is sending the love by offering free lunch to health care workers and first responders. And that's not all they're doing for the community either.
They are also delivering 150 bagged lunches to Honor the Health Scottsdale Osborn filled with brats, pretzels, and goodies. It's part of a program called Feed Our Heroes.
Joseph Chee shared a photo of a quarantine birthday cake for a great friend, Haley Bylkov.
Renee Moulton wanted to share how her daughter is sending love to others in their household. Moulton said her 12-year-old daughter has started placing random notes throughout the house to encourage her family. Mom added she is incredibly sweet and creative. Moulton said her daughter wants to keep their spirits up while on quarantine.
Donna Altenbaugh wanted to #sendthelove to her neighborhood, Greenwich Walk at Foxcreek. She said a stitch therapy group is made more than 500 masks so far to donate to local hospitals and fire departments.
Savanah wanted to share a photo of her kids sending the love.