From XFamily - Children of God
Family Care Foundation volunteers clowning, late 1990s
Family members and others clowning in Italy, mid 2000s
Family members clowning in Italy, March 2003

"Clowning" describes a means of financial support that is commonly used by The Family, where members dress as clowns and stand in front of grocery stores and other businesses, offering to create balloon animals in exchange for a donation. Clowning is often a lucrative business and some members rely on it as their primary means of support. It is also commonly done during shows for orphanages and hospitals, frequently used as a photo shoot opportunity for PR and in turn used to solicit donations and provision large containers of clothes and other items which in some cases are pilfered through before giving the remains to orphanages, etc.

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