The world renown Sudan Dunn Clowns have been clowning around and serving the surrounding communities since 1952. They also raise money and promote the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Most recently they have been giving back to the community by making stops at local hospitals and nursing homes visiting doctors and nurses, rest home patients, and spreading joy and smiles – all while maintaining social distancing.
The idea came about with Brian “Boo” Honeycutt, and Lee “Hol-Lee-Wood” Honeycutt began brainstorming ideas for things they could give back to the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The idea of visiting nursing homes and hospitals came to life and was presented to the clown director Chip “Cowboy” Hamilton. Approval was granted as long as the parameters of social distancing was adhered to.
Once the approval was granted, phone calls were made to the locations to receive permission to visit and bring smiles and hope. The clowns all drove separately and maintained social distancing while spreading joy and smiles to those in the nursing facilities and the community.
Many nursing home residents were inside so the clown waived from outside their windows, all the while clown music playing from the Dunn Clowns Caboose. So far six locations have been visited.