Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Build a Playground

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie on Oct. 22, 2009

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updated 10/22/2009 AT 6:00 PM ET

originally published 10/23/2009 AT 6:30 AM ET

They may have their hands full with newborn Sparrow and 21-month old Harlow, but Nicole Richie and Joel Madden took time away from home on Thursday to take care of some less privileged kids: After 13 months of fundraising, the couple broke ground on a new playground at a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles.

“It’s so rewarding to see the smile on these kids faces,” Richie, 28, tells PEOPLE.


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