THANK YOU to everyone who donated a toy!! Kidzz Helping Kidzz exceeded its goal by collecting 1677 new toys for three area hospitals. 8-year-old Zachary, his 3-year old-brother Noah and his parents had the pleasure of delivering the toys. A large U-Haul trailer was loaded up. Zachary was greeted with a warm welcome from David Schultz, CEO of Harrison Hospital and his Executive Leadership team. After bringing in the boxes of toys, Mr. Schultz presented Zachary with a framed “Certificate of Appreciation and Gratitude” and read him the following letter:
Dear Zachary, On behalf of Harrison Medical Center, I want to personally express my gratitude for your donation of toys for our youngest patients. Your dedication and tireless efforts to collect and share over 1500 toys is a wonderful testament to the kindness and compassion in your heart. You are an amazing young man, and truly a gift to our community. Our heartfelt thanks for your generosity, which will brighten the days ahead for our young patients and their families.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Prior to reading the letter, Mr. Schultz shared that when his daughter was young, she was in the hospital and received a toy that she still has today.
The toy-filled U-Haul then boarded the ferry to Seattle. While on the ferry, the Captain announced Zachary’s toy drive and how many toys were being delivered to the hospitals. Everyone cheered!
At Seattle Children’s Hospital, Zachary was greeted by news reporters from King 5, KOMO news and Q13 News. Zachary spoke of the importance of giving to others. Here’s a link to one of the interviews:
Following the interviews, the group got back in the truck and headed to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. They were greeted by familiar faces who were there during last year’s toy delivery. While bringing in all the toys, the staff keep commenting on how they could not believe the wonderful quality of toys that were collected and the perfect timing of our delivery. They were having an event the next morning and had run out of toys to provide to the children. The 650 toys would more than cover the need!
LaLa, Flossy, Suze Sally Somarsall, Tiezee, Scooter and Sparkles had the honor of welcoming the USS Nimitz home to the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. What an experience!!! The clowns got teary watching the 1092-foot supercarrier turn into the bay with the crew standing at ease on the perimeter of the flight deck. There were thousands of families waiting on the dock for daddies and mommies to return home. The USS Nimitz left from Bremerton on June 1 for a six-month deployment and was part of a strike group that sailed more than 78,000 miles. All the little kids were so excited to have their parent home for Christmas. With a crew of 3,100 you can only imagine how many people were there to greet the crew and how many balloons animals were made!
One of our clowns, Sparkles is an Army brat. She said, “The flag is a major part of my life and what it means, freedom. Such an honor to watch the flag be raised as the ship was tied to the pier. Almost six hours of standing on our feet was well worth it seeing the Nimitz and seeing the families waiting for their loved ones is indescribable. This experience was definitely one of the top of my life.”
The USS Nimitz’s aircraft flew more than 1300 combat sorties into Iraq and Syria. She also participated in the Navy’s first tri-carrier exercise in the Western Pacific in a decade and in other joint exercises with allied nations.
Caring Clowns International participated in the Swarner Communications Military Kids Day Event. There must have been between 500 – 750 people and a zillion kids. Slight exaggeration, probably closer to 400 kids. Many were with their moms only as the dads are deployed. Lots of young children and babies too.
Several of the kids recognized us from last year and were excited to tell us that they knew us and are older now. Great fun. They had lots of resources for military parents with a gift/ toy / candy for the kids — dentists, banks, Realtors, colleges, Tricare and some small businesses too. They also played bingo with prizes, had a cake walk, free cotton candy and us clowns. Everything was free! We were swamped the entire four hours.
Great event honoring the military kids and their families.
This past weekend, Flora and Duffy entertained about 100 kids twisting balloons at the first anniversary birthday celebration of Ahoy Kitsap Playland in Bremerton, WA.
When the kids weren’t getting balloon figures from us, they were all over the multi-level play areas. The whole event was a blast!!!
The play area was started a year ago by Rhonda and Angel Koh, and serves children 1-12 years old. Caring Clowns International was invited to assist in the celebration by Kelly Derksema, who owns an event planning company called Olive Branch Events.
Kelly, Rhonda and Angel were all delightful to work with.
Coco, Flora, LaLa and Scooter entertained children and their families at the annual Snohomish County Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk at Harvey Airfield in Snohomish, WA. It was a rainy day but no one seemed to notice. Plenty of balloon animals were made to the delight of all.