SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- A Scottsdale couple was able to add a little silver lining to the tragic news of their canceled wedding. Laura Waina and her fiancé were supposed to get married on Sunday but coronavirus concerns threw a heartbreaking wrench in those plans.
Prior to the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid crowds of 10 people or more, the couple had already purchased $2,500-worth of flowers for their ceremony and reception. Fearing that the flowers would die-- having never served a purpose-- Waina reached out to Arizona's Family for help to find people who could use a flower or two.
Instead of letting the flowers wilt away inside her home, Waina called us and got connected with three Valley families who are going to use the roses during these difficult times.
“As a nurse, I know the power of kindness during hard time,” Waina said. “During these unprecedented circumstances, kindness is all we have to bring people together. Kindness will always prevail.”
Two of the families who received the donated flowers are mourning the sudden loss of family members and cannot have a memorial services because of the "social distancing" recommendation by the CDC. One of the families is going to use the flowers for a virtual funeral service, and the other family is giving the flowers away to mourning family members.
A third family is going to use the flowers for a private wedding ceremony since their big day was also canceled amid coronavirus concerns.
This is the latest confirmed information about the coronavirus in Arizona. This page will be continuously updated by the Arizona's Family digital staff.