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ANDALUSIA, Alabama (WSFA) – Alan Cotton, owner of Alan Cotton’s Florist, is a man on a mission, armed with nothing more than a plea and a flower.
The longtime Andalusian florist lost his beloved wife over 40 two weeks ago to COVID-19.
Angela South Cotton would have gladly taken the vaccine, but was advised not to do so due to her history of allergies to certain drugs, Cotton said.
“In 10 days she was dead,” he said.
It was a turning point for him – an aha moment to encourage everyone to shoot.
An idea has germinated. He would offer a single white rose, which symbolizes hope, to anyone who gets vaccinated.
“In the flower business, flowers are our business, flowers were our livelihood, flowers were our life,” said Alan Cotton. “And so I thought why not a better way to honor Angie than a white rose. White was her favorite color.
On Thursday morning, he brought a batch of white roses to a vaccination clinic in Andalusia Santé and placed them at the base of a portrait of his late wife.
“There you go,” he told Debbie Skipper, handing her a white rose moments after receiving his first dose of the vaccine.
Debbie and John Skipper admitted they weren’t too keen on getting the vaccine before, but then lost several friends to COVID-19, including Angela Cotton.
The Skippers think what Alan Cotton is doing is amazing, new and yet so simple.
“It’s Alain. It’s 100% Alan, ”said Debbie Skipper.
The Skippers left with their white roses in their hands – no regrets, no looking back.
Alan Cotton has organized two vaccination clinics and has donated over 170 white roses so far.
Over 170 roses, meaning more than 170 people received at least one photo last week in County Covington.
He will continue to do whatever he can to help defeat the virus that took the love of his life.
Angela Cotton was 64 years old.
Alan Cotton started his floral business 45 years ago in Andalusia. His wife joined him three years later.
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