The first week of each month, 10 to 20 clients of Carry Out Caravan’s grocery delivery service receive a surprise box of gourmet chocolates from Robin Chocolates.
Cultivate is a Boulder County nonprofit which serves area seniors who have trouble getting to the grocery store. Volunteers take orders, shop for the items at King Soopers and deliver the next day. Shun-Luoi Fong, Director of Communications for Cultivate, says
“That human connection is a big part of it,” says Fong. “Getting their groceries is important, a valuable service, but often, getting to engage someone, to have conversation, is a really important part of their week.”
At first, Autorino and Fong batted around different ideas to get the chocolates to the seniors. Cultivate wanted to do it in a “lump,”
Although the chocolates have been delivered since September, Autorino rode along for the first time on March 5th and was able to talk with recipients. She was thrilled that all of them “opened the box.”
“None of them asked me about making chocolate,” Autorino confessed, “they just wanted to talk.”
The first man on the route told Fong and Autorino that he was going to give the gift box to his family, but with some persuading from the delivery crew, changed his mind. “By the end,” Autorino said, “he was being pretty protective [of the chocolates].”
Asked about reactions to the sweets, Fong says that every person who uses
“It’s not really about the chocolates,”
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