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HIGHLAND SPRINGS, VA (WWBT) - We're passing on $300 to a long-married couple, who are long-term caretakers of their Highland Springs community. He keeps yards nice and tidy. She sweetens people's lives with delicious baked goods.

A neighbor says Joyce and Bunny Cobb give endlessly and never want recognition, so she's surprising them with an Act of Kindness.

Joyce Cobb rarely uses store bought cake mix, she'd rather mix her own .

"Because it's something I love to do," Joyce said.

She's been whipping up sweet treats for decades

"To give to other people and share," Joyce said.

Joyce shares with the neighborhood.

"She's a marvelous cook. She'll do yard sales, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners," said neighbor Barbara Coleman. 

Barbara has lived near the Cobbs since 1968.

"When I moved to Highland Springs, they were the first people that I met, and we've been friends ever since," said Barbara. They're both amazing. They go through the community, and they help the elderly and sick. To top it off she's a cancer survivor. She'll take a dose of chemo one day, next day she's back in the kitchen baking cakes."

While Joyce is busy baking and canning fruits and vegetables for family and friends, her husband of 52 years is pulling down yard duty.

Bernard Cobb, or Bunny, keeps lawns neatly trimmed  for physically challenged neighbors.

"I cut the lady's lawn over here, I got one more round the corner, two on the other side of Nine Mile Road," Bunny said.

"He serves as a taxi also," Barbara said. "You can see him anytime riding up and down the street in his red van. He'll take ‘em to the doctor. I've had to call him to pick up trash and take it to the landfill. I just love both of them dearly."

Barbara says we'll likely find Joyce at her second home, the neighborhood church, where she heads up the food pantry program that regularly feeds the hungry and homeless.

Today, Joyce and her team think they're being honored by a local food bank.

"I'm so proud to know them and do this for them," Barbara said.

"Nobody deserves this more than Joyce, she's a wonderful lady," said a friend of Joyce.

And her wonderful partner? We found him at home.

"I was laying down. Me and the dogs was taking a nap," said Bunny.

When we told him about the cash…

"It was something I would never expect," Bunny said. "That $300 was hers."

And Joyce had plans to spend it.

JOYCE: "We'll go shopping and buy food for the pantry."

BARBARA: "I kind of figured that's what you would say. We'll buy something extra special for Joyce."

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