Spreading the love: Divorced Norfolk mother gives away her wedding rings to lucky couple

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Posted at 7:53 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 15:50:29-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Christine Bonavita's heart exploded on Valentine's Day.

"It has revived my hope and my sense of love," she said.

For over a month her heart has mended.

"I wanted to find a home for my rings and I found it," she said from her Ghent apartment.

Newly divorced, the Norfolk mother decided to play the role of cupid.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would come to be as it did," Christine said.

At the beginning of 2021, she decided to give - no strings attached, her wedding rings away to a couple over coming adversities and in need of a little sparkle during these dark times.

"Every single person that writes in deserves it," Christine stated.

After News 3 shared her story in January her act of kindness went viral -- other people even donated their gems, and her inbox exploded.

"At this point there are thousands," she said.

Couples from Nigeria, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Japan shared their love stories. But one submission shook her.

"Hi Christine, my name is Melissa and my fiance Jordan and I are from the small town of Whitby, Canada," she reads aloud.

"Jordan was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a fatal and incurable lung disease, he only has about 10 years to live, and when I was 12 I wasdiagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis," Christine reads in the letter.

A young couple from Canada both extremely ill captured her heart.

"They take the positive out of anything instead of a laundry list of all the things that can go wrong in life," she stated.

"COVID gave us time together, time that is priceless, COVID gave us the energy to live," the letter states. "I would like to use the money saved from buying rings and put it towards our short life together," it goes on to say.

Around 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Christine prepares to Zoom the couple to share the exciting news.

"I hope they are excited, I am so nervous," she says.

"I do need to let you guys know something, I would love it if you would have my rings," she tells them.

"No way," says Jordan and Melissa via Zoom.

A heartfelt gift for this perfect pair.

"This is awesome, who would have thought woke up this morning put in a pot roast in the oven and this is the cherry on top, how amazing," said Jordan. "I don't have enough money to get a ring or anything she deserves."

"It is not about money or anything it's love, you guys clearly have it," says Christine.

Diamonds that will now shine a thousand miles away, with a sentimental message scrawled inside; "Past, Present, Future."

"Presently I am giving them away the future is with them and with these rings, I wish them wellness and happiness," said Christine