If you have Twitter or have driven by Walgreens in the last month, you have seen signs about #RedNoseDay. Red Nose Day is a fundraiser to end child poverty in the United States and is becoming very popular as a fun gimic to get people involved and just relax a little and help raise money for children. This year is the first year for Drew Foam Company to participate and it was a blast!
What is Red Nose Day?
Red Nose Day aims to end child poverty by raising money and awareness for kids in the U.S. and around the world. The non-profit Comic Relief, which uses comedy to raise money for disadvantaged people, launched Red Nose Day in the United Kingdom in 1988. Since then, the day has raised more than $1 billion globally. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 and has since raised $60 million. That money has benefited children and young people in all 50 states, as well as 25 countries.
Why red noses?
The goofy prop helps use entertainment to raise awareness and is a conversation starter. It lends a goofy, kid-friendly air to fundraising. Noses are sold exclusively at Walgreens Walgreens will donate 50 cents for each nose purchased to Comic Relief Inc.'s Red Nose Day Fund.
Where does the money go?
Donations go to a variety of well-known organizations that help kids. The website rednoseday.org lists ways money can help:
• "$1 can provide 11 meals for hungry children through Feeding America food banks."
• "$10 can provide essential immunizations for a child in need," according to Children’s Health Fund.
"$10 helps provide a safe place for an at-risk child in America to go during the summer and after school," according to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
• "$30 can provide one person with access to clean water in Uganda," according to charity: water.
• "$50 can provide one year’s tuition, supplies, and textbooks for a child in a developing country," according to Save the Children.
• "$100 provides food, clothing, shelter, and medical care to help get a child off the street," according to Covenant House.