Red Nose Day 2017: What exactly is it?

Created by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day aims to stop child poverty in the U.S. and around the world.
PHOENIX — If you’ve driven past a Walgreens lately or turned on NBC, you’ve probably heard of Red Nose Day. It drops on Thursday, this season.

Red Nose Day 2017: What exactly is it?

But do you understand what it truly is?

Red Nose Day aims to end child poverty by raising money and consciousness for children in the U.S. and around the world.

It is relatively new to Americans

The nonprofit Comic Relief, which uses humor to raise cash for deprived people, found Red Nose Day in the UK in 1988. Since then, the day has raised more than $1 billion globally.
Red Nose Day started in the U.S. in 2015 and had since raised $60 million. That cash has benefited children and young people in 25 countries, as well as all 50 states.

It has ties to Love

Richard Curtis, who wrote and directed the 2003 movie Love Actually, is the co-founder of Comic Relief.

NBC is airing a complete evening of specials

NBC is celebrating Red Nose Day for the next year in a row with a night of specific programming.

• The Red Nose Day Special, hosted by comic Chris Hardwick at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will feature comedy, musical performances, and pictures.
Why red noses?

The prop that is goofy helps use amusement to raise awareness and is a conversation starter. It lends a goofy, child-friendly atmosphere to fundraising.

Noses can be purchased alone at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations that were subsidiary. Walgreens will contribute 50 cents for each nose bought before June 3 to Comic Relief Inc.’s Red Nose Day Fund.

Where does the money go?

Contributions visit various well-known organizations that help kids. The website lists means money can help:

• “$1 can provide 11 meals for hungry children through Feeding America food banks.”

• “$10 can provide vital immunizations for a kid in need,” according to Children’s Health Fund.

• “$10 helps provide a safe location for an at-risk kid in The Us to go throughout the summertime 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 supply one year’s tuition, supplies, and textbooks for a young child in a developing country,” according to Save the Children.

• “$100 provides food, clothing, shelter, and medical care to help get a kid off the street,” according to Covenant House.

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