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Floral shops providing more than flowers to the community during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 10:38 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 22:47:29-04

NORFOLK, Va. - In a time of uncertainty, Danny Plante wants to make sure he's a light and can put a smile on his wife's face.

“Jane and I are looking for a good cheer in a time when it’s tough out there,” said Plante. He lives in Portsmouth.

He says the pandemic is changing his perspective on how he looks at life.

“It’s a great time for a random reason to tell someone you love them.”

So, he stopped by a floral shop on his way home to grab an arrangement of lilies and tulips for Jane.

“It's a small thing, but those little accents make all the difference in life.”

The owners of The New Leaf in Norfolk say they’re glad they are still able to provide flowers to the community. They weren’t expecting to be this busy after the "stay at home" order.

“We were slam busy for Easter! Because you couldn’t go see your grandmother,” said Sarah Munford.

They’re also expecting it to be the same for Mother’s Day.

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But right now, they’re focusing on their customers who need some empathy - the ones affected by COVID-19.

“We just sent and orchid plant right here down the street here today to someone whose husband has it,” Munford adds.

She says they’ve also sent some flowers to grieving families.

“A couple people have died from this who we have known.”

Plante says being able to grab a bouquet through their curbside service means the world to him.

“There are a lot of people in my life that mean a lot to me,” because he doesn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to show how much they mean to him.

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