MCP Visits Miami Red Cross Shelter – Day 2

Medical Clown Project: Hurricane Irma Relief (Part 2)

“We don’t believe in goodbyes. We believe in see-you-laters.” is what a strong single mother of three, caring for her kids in a shelter, told me before leaving.

Though, even saying see-you-later was still not easy.

Meeting hundreds of people speaking a whole variety of languages connecting through laughter became an overwhelmingly moving experience.

Trading origami lessons for Spanish lessons on a cot with a displaced Floridian from Costa Rica, and listening to the echos of Tiny Bubbles, sung from a rundown group in a supplies line, were among the many uplifting moments of the weekend.

Before heading into this environment, I’ve only had the years of working as a Medical Clown in healthcare. The field of disaster zones can be different.

However, maintaining an intention of alleviating stress helped make this a successful trip.

So, thank you everyone for all of your encouragement and those who helped make this relief effort happen. I’m sure it will be needed again for future humanitarian aid.

After all, it really does take a village.