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$465,000 Donated to Help Kids in Need

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 75 Suquamish, WA 98392
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February 3, 2021

As many of you are aware, in April 2020, because of the COVID – 19 pandemic, and the need for emergency food to disadvantaged families, we at Caring Clowns International focused our donation giving to help feed people in need.

Our grants are typically small, between $1,000-3,000, but they can make a significant impact.

From the beginning of 2020, we donated a total of $41,750 (including matching donations) in 17 grants to nonprofits. In April, we began focusing our grants on emergency feeding programs. Since then, we have donated $35,000 for emergency feeding in South Africa and in Washington State. So far in 2021, we have donated $9,000 to these nonprofits for feeding.

When we provide funds to another nonprofit, we request a letter back to us confirming how the funds have been spent. Recently we received three notable responses…

From Side by Side’s emergency feeding program in South Africa:

“The pandemic is raging for a 2nd round in South Africa. So far, we have been able to supply our 10 teams there with 89 delivery rounds averaging about 150 families each round. We expect to begin another round after January 31, 2021.” (where our recent $3,000 will be applied).

From South Kitsap Helpline:

“Last year (2020) our agency was able to distribute 1,012,925 pounds of food to local low-income households in need. That wouldn’t be possible without generosity like yours.”

From the Bremerton Foodline:

“Your donation helped us in meeting the needs of our communities and populations whose situations have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Support from donors like you enabled us to serve over 590 households per month, which supported over 16,000 individuals per month in 2020. Also, we were able to provide over 1,200 kids’ bags and 550 holiday baskets during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.”

Of course, our ability to help is totally because of your continuing support to us.

From all of us at Caring Clowns International, we cannot thank you enough.

 

The Board of Directors

Caring Clowns International
 

Caring Clowns International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code



 

December 15, 2020

Dear Friends,

In normal times, with the Holiday Season approaching, we would all be planning for large gatherings with our loved ones. But in the current situation, many of us are considering small and/or on-line celebrations.

The pandemic has heightened our need to support emergency feeding efforts. This year, through our direct and matching grants, we have been able to award $41,500 in 16 grants to local food banks and emergency feeding programs in South Africa.

Now in our 19th year, because of your support, we have given away almost $450,000 to 55 nonprofits around the world and in the U.S.

You have made this possible.

You are the reason we can help in the world.

…We cannot thank you enough!

We look forward to continuing our connection with you.

And we hope you and yours have a wonderful Holiday Season.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU.

From all of us on the Caring Clowns International Board of Directors and our members,

Jed “Duffy” Selter, President

Steve “Stevie” Letter, Vice President

Sheila “Sparkles” Walters, Secretary

Gaston “Beauzeaux” Peter-Contesse, Treasurer

 

Caring Clowns International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code



 

THANKS TO YOU!

September 30, 2020

Dear Friends,

First, THANK YOU for your continued support of what we do in Caring Clowns International.

As a result of your generous support (through our “Non-Auction” Fund Raiser Letter, our recent GoFundMe project, our website donations, and matching grants) this year we have been able to award $41,500 in 16 grants. Our total given to date is $448,719 (hoping to top $500,000 by year end 2021).

With the increased need to assist disadvantaged families created by the Coronavirus pandemic, we expanded our focus to include local food banks and emergency feeding programs in South Africa. Here is a list of organizations provided grants so far this year.

  • Arlington Kids’ Kloset, Snohomish, WA – Providing clothing essentials to children of low-income families
  • Bremerton Foodline, Bremerton, WA
  • Kent Food Bank, Kent, WA
  • Kitsap Foster Care Association, Bremerton, WA
  • North Kitsap Fishline Food Bank, Snohomish, WA – Providing clothing essentials to children of low-income families
  • ShareNet Food Bank, Kingston, WA
  • South Kitsap Helpline, Port Orchard, WA
  • Side by Side Klipkop Emergency Feeding Program, South Africa (multiple grants) feeding over 1,000 families

Shortly, we will be able to give an additional $3,000 in grants. In addition, we are working with a new nonprofit in Peru,” Helping from the Heart- Peru,” providing hot meals to poor families in hill towns where there is limited cooking capability, and running water and electricity do not exist. Their near-term goal is to feed 1,000 families 2 meals a day, 5 days a week.

We hope you will continue to donate to us as you are able. Please consider a recurring monthly donation. Even a small $10/month donation (that’s $120/year) will help us make a difference in the lives of those in need. You can donate through our website www.caringclownsinternational.org, or with a check to our P.O. Box address above.

We highly value your involvement with us.

With our sincerest appreciation,


Jed “Duffy” Selter
President & Executive Director (Volunteer)
duffy@caringclownsinternational.org
 

Caring Clowns International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code


With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have turned our focus to helping to provide food for families in need.

We have recently provided $32,500 in grants and coordinated matching funding to 13 organizations, including food banks in the U.S. and an NGO in South Africa.

We have started a GoFundMe page for this project https://charity.gofundme.com/caringclownsinternational

Funds generated through this GoFundMe campaign will enable us to expand our scope to continue to provide funds for food in the U.S. and several developing countries.

We appreciate your consideration to help and will also appreciate going out to your networks to help.

As we move along, we will be posting articles on our progress on our web site here.


In mid-January, four Caring Clowns International clowns supported Komedyplast for the 15th consecutive year in their medical mission to Peru performing complex craniofacial reconstructive surgeries free for poor children.

This year, Duffy, Flora, Flossy, and Sparkles participated. The medical team performed 12 surgeries. Since completion of the trip, the team’s Peruvian medical counterparts reported that all patients are doing well.

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As a memento for this historic trip, team members and key supporters were given memorial paperweight gifts celebrating the 15th year of these missions.

During this ten day trip, the clowns entertained kids and their families on Screening Day, when the doctors reviewed potential surgery cases to perform, then in pre-op and post-op with Komedyplast patients, and clowning in the hospital court yard and in every ward of the 300 bed hospital. We were also delighted to have Peruvian clown “Laly” join us for the second year.

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In addition to all this frivolity for the clowns, the staff of the Casa Andina Hotel where the visiting group has stayed for the past 5 years, honored the clowns with a framed “Thank You” plaque.

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We look forward to many more years in our partnership with Komedyplast and these trips changing the lives of kids.


Caring Clowns International is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization