If you’ve been into a Walgreens lately, you may have noticed something funny going on. Glittering, red noses anyone? These noses might seem silly until you realize they’re part of a worldwide fundraising effort to help end child poverty and hunger.
Comic Relief, a UK-based charity, decided that comedy was a great way to raise money to make a difference. In 1988, they hosted the first Red Nose Day TV special. The event continued to be a massive success and spread to the US in 2015.
In the last three years, more than $100 million dollars have been raised and 8 million children have been helped. Those contributions come out to an impact of 32.3 million meals served to American children, almost 900,000 children received educational services and 6.79 million children received essential medical services.
You see, the mission of Red Nose Day is to provide safety, education and healthcare to children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
You may not think that poverty affects your community, but you may be surprised to learn that 21% of American children live in poverty and 1 in 6 of those children are food insecure, meaning that those children don’t know where their next meal will come from, or if it’ll come at all.
In Oklahoma, 1 in 4 children goes to bed hungry every night. That’s unacceptable.
Here at Dental Depot, we’re proud to serve our community and we believe that part of raising up new generations includes making sure they have adequate access to such basic needs as food, education and medicine.
Making sure the children in our communities are fed is important to us, which is why our giving continues outside of raising money for Red Nose Day. This past winter we came together to donate 25,000 meals to the Oklahoma Regional Foodbank and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
Last year we raised $9,400 for Red Nose Day and we hope to do even more this year.
This week our offices are raising money by swapping out our usual uniforms for fun outfits to celebrate Spirit Week. Our other fundraising opportunity is our Dunk-A-Doc contest, where team members cast their votes for doctors and directors they want in the dunk tank come July when we celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Last year, Dental Depot owners Dr. Glenn Ashmore and Dr. Cody Dunnington got in on the fun, climbing into the dunk tank themselves and matching donations.
Although we’re fundraising all month long, you can tune in to NBC on Thursday, May 24, starting at 7 p.m. for an action-packed night of programming that includes “Celebrity Ninja Warrior,” a special edition of “Hollywood Game Night,” and the Red Nose Special itself, hosted by Chris Hardwick.
Stay up to date with us on social media for more photos and the final donation raised.
For more information on how a red nose can make a big impact, or to make a donation towards ending child poverty, visit https://rednoseday.org/