The Tri State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut has had to deal with a lot tragedy recently. First, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of all three states, causing millions of dollars in damage and uprooting the lives of thousands of people. Then, the tragic shootings At Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, left not only that region, but the whole nation reeling.

Motivational Speaker Maureen Mould, also known as Oochie the Clown was a guest on Tuesday's Mike Bastinelli show. She talked about her group, Kaleidoscope Konnections, and how they use clowning in an innovative, engaging and fun assembly that encourages children to learn ways to preventing bullying and harassment.

The group plans to take a trip to the Jersey Shore area in March in order to bring a message of hope and compassion to the residents of that hurricane ravaged area.

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Visit the Kaleidoscope Konnections website here.