Krazy Kevin entertained the residents of MetroWests Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled group homes and WAE (wellness, arts, enrichment) Center members via a generous sponsorship from Lori and Steven Klinghoffer, who have been friends of JSDD for many years and active leaders in the MetroWest community. At a recent socially distanced birthday party they were introduced to “Krazy Kevin” Kraft, a former Ringling Brothers circus clown. Sidelined like many others during the pandemic, Kevin was looking for a way to create some positive moments in these unsettled times. At the party, his juggling, balancing act, and humor helped loved ones connect (at a safe distance) in a way that many have not been able to for months.
At the first performance, 14 residents and staff enjoyed his show. Many had not seen each other in months and there was cheering and distanced hugs. One resident, Daniel, assisted Kevin as he did juggling tricks with bowling pins.
In Whippany, a staff member, Gus, was thrilled that the residents were able to participate in something totally new and different outside with others. Ralph, a volunteer from the home, helped Krazy Kevin and his unicycle was popular with residents and staff alike.
At the West Caldwell home, WAE center members joined and the reunion with staff was special. The Livingston residents expressed similar excitement at seeing friends from West Orange for the first time in months at their performance.
The Klinghoffers’ generosity provided for new memories and experiences to all who participated.