THANKS TO YOU!
September 30, 2020
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)
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.
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.
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.
We look forward to many more years in our partnership with Komedyplast and these trips changing the lives of kids.