From clowning to caroling: Idahoans rally to show nursing home residents that they matter

Red noses strategically placed above masks. Sock-covered six-foot social distancing batons. “We love you” signs. This is clowning in the time of coronavirus.

Residents at the Life Care Center of Treasure Valley nursing home in Boisediscovered theseunusual — but necessary —measureswhen a group of clowns arrived at their windows for an unconventional performance Aug. 29.

Hand puppets in tow, a cohort of members from the Clowns of Idaho broke into small groups that paraded around the perimeter of the facility for an hour, performing skits, jump roping and hula hooping for residents who peered out from 90 windows.