The founder of Kidzz Helping Kidzz, 7 year-old Zachary, was the key note speaker at the East Bremerton Rotary Club last week. This was Zachary’s first time public speaking, but you would have never known it. He was cool, calm and collected. Most impressively, when he had the Q&A, his answers belied that he is a 7 year old. Members of the Club were astonished at the sincerity and passion of his well thoughtful, but spontaneous responses to their questions.

Zachary explained that his goal this year is to collect 1,000 new toys to distribute to children spending the holidays in hospitals in the Puget Sound Area.

When one Rotarian asked Zachary why they should support his program, Zachary paused for just a second and then said, “Kids in hospitals during the holidays deserve to have some fun there and to be supported, so that’s why I am doing this.”

Based on his presentation, the East Bremerton Rotary Club will donate $500 to Kidzz Helping Kidzz. The money will be used to help purchase new toys.

Kidzz Helping Kidzz is a project of Caring Clowns International.

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Ever been to a Touch A Truck event? Boy are they cool…all sizes of little kids sitting high up in monster vehicles behind huge steering wheels, feet dangling, not touching the floor. These events are put on in various communities around the country during the summer. Some are fund raisers for community projects, others are just for fun.

Caring Clowns International members Duffy, Scooter and Sparkles attended 29th annual free event in Poulsbo, Washington on August 12. It was again sponsored by the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center. About 200 families were there with the kids climbing all over police cars, fire trucks, a cement mixer, asphalt trucks, a huge flat bed truck, a school bus, several cranes, tow trucks and more – it went on and on- and the smiles on these kids’ faces when they honked the horns and flipped on the sirens and flashing lights were contagious! Don’t miss the next one in your area.

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Late last week, Flossy and Scooter had a wonderful time clowning with both young and old at the Annual Intergenerational Carnival held at Martha and Mary!

Martha and Mary, in Poulsbo, Washington, was established in 1891. The organization provides many services for seniors and children including: independent and assisted senior living, rehabilitation care, long term care, home care, geriatric care management, and child care and early learning programs.

Our Caring Clowns International clowns were busy making balloon figures and smiles! The elder folk who reside at Martha and Mary helped run the games and the children had a great time playing games and winning prizes!

Fun was had by all!!

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Caring Clowns International recently awarded a $3,500 donation to the Side By Side Early Children’s Development Program in Aliwal North, South Africa.

Side By Side (formerly Second Table Ministries), a 13 year old nonprofit located in Poulsbo, WA, provides life changing resources for disadvantaged families and children in rural areas of Aliwal North and Sebokeng, South Africa. The $3,500 Caring Clowns International grant will be used to help continue the early childhood development care of 100+ children ages infant to five years old.

Side By Side’s President, Wendell Verduin, wrote to us….”You’ve helped the kids and teachers at Aliwai North keep going during some very tough times. They, we, appreciate you more than you can know.”

His note was accompanied by this wonderful picture of smiling faces!

Caring Clowns International has been connected with and supported Side by Side for several years. We became aware of Side By Side through a Rotary presentation. Since that time, we have been involved in supporting them and their president in various ways, including grants for their programs. This is our second grant to them for their Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program.

Our first grant was to support the ECD program in the purchase of materials to “Brilliant Boxes.”

The Brilliant Box is an ECD tool for children from birth to five years. It includes beanbags, shapes, blocks, crochet, paint and brushes, music and instruments, color crayons, puzzles, counting charts, play dough / clay, scissors and glue. The boxes help equip educators and home mothers to stimulate children. The program improves children’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional and creative development.


Last Saturday, four of us clowns- that would be Duffy, Flora, Flossy and Scooter – made the trek from Kitsap County over to the Seattle side of the Puget Sound, to the Lynwood Rotary Rummage Sale. This is their 7th year putting on the rummage sale to raise funds to help in the local community.

Our trip required a ferry ride from Kingston to Edmonds (about a 30 minute crossing). And, we met some new friends on the trip.

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We had a great time playing with the kidzz and twisting balloons!!

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