Posted on January 21, 2010
As part of the training we discussed the importance of Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick) and the impact Mitzvah Clowning has on young patients, senior citizens and other vulnerable populations. We also learned how to create balloon animals and apply clown make-up. Ultimately, we were able to put into action all that we learned by visiting with the residents of Willow Towers, a local assisted living community. Each participant received a kit for them to keep with supplies that they can use for future clowning.Thanks to Sharon you can see pictures and watch a video that highlights the program and illustrates the impact it had on the participants, residents and staff. The director of the program at Willow Towers wrote to me saying “No words can express the joy that you & your clowns put into the lives of our residents” and throughout the training and site visit there was a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm.
It is very fitting that this service project took place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
I want to thank Alex and her family for putting the program together, the Young Israel of New Rochelle for hosting the training, Kiwi Iris for helping with the training and Willow Towers for enabling us to put into practice what we learned and allowing us to spend some quality time with their residents. We look forward to working with and to supporting the new clowns.