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Colorado couple steps up volunteer efforts at A Precious Child amid pandemic

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Posted at 12:18 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 14:18:05-04

DENVER — You could say Bob and Cindy Chichirico are some of the sweetest volunteers on the Front Range.

"We love Bob and Cindy because they bring so much personality, so much fun to every single day they volunteer, but we truly love them because they bring in treats," said Courtney Wickberg, chief communications officer for A Precious Child.

Today's treat was cookies, but their sweetness goes far beyond their baking.

"They’re here almost every single day helping bundle diapers, getting our cleaning supplies ready to pass out to agency partners and families in need," Wickberg said.

Bob and Cindy volunteer for A Precious Child. The non-profit provides essential services to families in need. Since the coronavirus pandemic, that need has only grown, and Bob and Cindy have met it with a big serving of empathy.

"There’s so many needy families right now and it’s just so rewarding to do anything to be able to help out," Cindy said.

For the past two months, they've been supplying people with cleaning kits and diapers. The couple, who once volunteered in the Precious Child store, helped the non-profit pivot to curbside shopping. It's been a lifeline for moms like Candi Smith, who is now jobless.

"It puts me at ease, it makes me feel grateful, it makes me feel very humble that there are still great people out here and there’s people willing to go the extra mile," Smith said.

"The people are really awesome and over time you form a relationship with them, so when they come back, you know their name, they know your name. So you feel close to them," Bob said.

Forming those connections with strangers in need, the Chichiricos say, is the real treat.

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