Clowns are amazing people! Red this great article about a group of hosputal clowns and how important they are to the children and adults in the hospital's care:
And let's not forget our clown friends in Disaster Relief: A Soft Approach. The Red Nose Response, arrives at disaster scenes after the Red Cross and emergency support teams have helped those in crisis. Their goal is to brighten spirits of those who may have lost much or gone through traumatic experiences.
Clowns, check out their routine called "Don't Clown Around with Disaster Preparedness". Complete with photos and how to incorporate your clown props.
I am also a card carrying member of the Red Nose Response. Contact me if you want to volunteer with me or need this kind of soft relief.