Apex Woman Provides Comfort Through Clowning
Posted March 18, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST
APEX — Smiling is the name of the game for Comfy the Clown. Several days a week, she visits senior citizens and sick children to share a song and a smile.
"I just love to see them smile. I love to see people sing who have not talked," says Comfy.
Comfy is Carleen Dubin, a retired computer programmer from Apex. Two years ago, she found out that clowning around could enrich her life as well as others.
"I get more out of it than they do. I just do. I come away with depth in my heart," says Dubin.
She says she gets the best feeling when she gets her audience involved and really works her magic. It is not the trick, but the treat that residents of Cary Health and Rehabilitation Center enjoy.
"I think she is wonderful and she brings sunshine into all our lives," says resident Helen Ellen.
Comfy also brings hugs and she is happy to take some, too.
"I just love what I do," she says.
Comfy volunteers her time for her appearances. She will even get dressed up for just one person if they need a little extra care.