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This Empowering Nose – Combat Childhood Poverty on Red Nose Day

Updated on May 21, 2018
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Shauna is passionate about helping those who are less fortunate or who have fallen victim to circumstances beyond control.

This Empowering Nose

Me and my red nose
Me and my red nose | Source

One in five children in the United States lives in poverty. That’s 15.5 million children that have been dealt a losing hand! Kind of blows your mind, doesn’t it? The U.S, richest nation in the world, ranks fifth of all the developed nations, in childhood poverty. Greece, Mexico, Israel and Turkey are at the top of the list.

That’s a list that shouldn’t exist. So, in 1988 Comic Relief, Inc., a non-profit organization, launched Red Nose Day in the UK to help combat childhood poverty through comedy, donations and fundraisers. It wasn’t until 2015 that the United States decided to step up and join the fight.

What is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day, this year held on May 24th, is the day to set your inhibitions aside, act silly, raise awareness, and funds to empower those who have fallen into, or have been born into poverty. Walgreens is the exclusive retailer of the famed red nose in the United States. For just one dollar, you too can help fight childhood poverty by purchasing a red nose and wearing it proudly. Half the purchase price goes to organizations such as Boys and Girls Club of America, Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Save the Children, and more.

Since its inception in 1988, Comic Relief, Inc. has raised over $1,000,000,000 globally. Of that, America has raised over $100,000,000 and has positively impacted the lives of over eight million children in just three years!

Click here (hold the control key to open in a new window) and scroll to the middle of the page to see just two of the touching success stories.

Be sure to catch the Red Nose Special on NBC May 24th, 10:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. Central time. It promises to be star-studded, fun-filled and definitely worth your time.

A Fun Look at the Evolution of Red Nose Day Noses

How You Can Help

There are several ways to do your share in contributing to this most worthy cause. You can do as I did and buy a red nose for all your co-workers. We wore ours during one of our Monday morning meetings. Sure, we looked silly, but that’s the point! Not only did it lift our spirits in knowing we were helping combat childhood poverty, but it helped bring awareness to a world outside our own.


Wearing our red noses during a Monday morning meeting
Wearing our red noses during a Monday morning meeting | Source
The entire office had fun sporting our red noses
The entire office had fun sporting our red noses | Source

You can also donate, organize a fundraiser, or mail your tax deductible contribution to Red Nose Day Fund, P.O. Box 419828 Boston, MA 02241-9828.

Below is a poem that popped into my head while I was sleeping. My muse had definitely re-awakened! She pushed me out of bed, led me to my home office, spewed out these words and told me I had to do something about the state of our children. I hope you enjoy.

This Empowering Nose

Too many children

Fall under the mark

Because hunger, not knowledge

Is their spark.


Turn the tables today

And give them a way

To move forward with promise and hope.


Wear it proudly for them,

This empowering nose

Help bring the world’s kids out of poverty and woes.

That we care is what we want them to know

And pray that the road to prosperity

Is never closed.

In Closing

I hope you’ve found this post enlightening. We can’t turn a blind eye to the poverty that exists in this country and around the world. At the very least, all it takes is one measly dollar to sport a red nose, bring awareness and, hopefully, an end to childhood poverty. That’s not too much to ask. You can spare a dollar, can’t you?


Peace,

Bravewarrior

Red Nose Day 2018 Walgreens Port Charlotte, Florida

© 2018 Shauna L Bowling

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    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      10 days ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for the return visit, Nell. I have my red nose from this year sitting on the corner of my inbox on my desk at work as a constant reminder.

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      Nell Rose 

      11 days ago from England

      I have a whole drawer full of red noses! lol! its such a worthwhile thing to do. I always buy loads and try to do what I can. great hub, I read it before but its great to come back for another read. Shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 weeks ago from Texas

      Shauna, you are such a special person. Thank you for sharing the story of 'Red Nose' with you followers.

      Now I must go to learn about gedmatch.

      Blessings dear friend.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 weeks ago from Central Florida

      I'll do that, Paula. Having never heard that word before in my life, I'm sure it was no coincidence you happened to watch a show all about gedmatch.

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      Paula 

      7 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wow! Believe it or not, shortly after asking Nell about gedmatch: I saw the Megan Kelly show on which she had a professional geneticist who explained in detail what "gedmatch" is!! Anyway, Sha.....I googled it afterward. Go ahead, it's interesting as hell!

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      Paula 

      7 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yeah, Nell....What's a gedmatch?? LOL

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Nell, that's awesome that you're helping the homeless. What a woman!

      What's a gedmatch?

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      Nell Rose 

      7 weeks ago from England

      I have recently been helping out the homeless, long story. But I do love red nose day, I try to join in at work. we always do something. and have you done your gedmatch yet? LOL!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      Mary, Red Nose Day has only been in the U.S. for about three years, but I'm glad it finally caught on over here.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 months ago from Brazil

      Having lived in the UK for many years I am aware of 'Red Nose Day', although I didn't know it had crossed the pond.

      Poverty is something that affects so many people globally, it's frightening. I know in the UK, it raises not just money but awareness. It's a great way of helping.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 months ago from Central Florida

      Pat, the proceeds are awarded via grants to organizations which meet three criteria: effectiveness, diversity and flexibility. The Red Nose Day work is "aligned to Sustainable Development Goals as defined by the United Nations.

      You can read more at https://home.rednoseday.org/red-nose-day-fund. It's a short read, but I feel confident it will answer your question in more depth.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 months ago from Central Florida

      Patricia, I know the US and UK both promote the red nose effort. From what I understand, the funds are distributed globally. How the distribution is determined, I don't know, but I'll see what I can dig up and get back to you.

      Great questions and yay to you for donning the red nose!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 months ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning....I may have missed it but since this is a global effort does each country keep the funds raised or does it go into a general fund? And how is it distributed within each country so that those who really need it are served? Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps And yes I wear a red nose but never had those questions answered. Thank you.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Nell, I might just do that. I'll have to search for my results. I haven't deleted them, but I've ignored all the emails 23andMe has been sending me.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      We have red nose day over here too! its great isn't it? On another thing, you said about your dna? please go back into the site, and upload your dna to Gedmatch! it takes your raw dna and shows you exactly where you come from! I explained it more on my article. and its free! everybody uses it.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      You make a good point, Frances. Our money can be better spent by helping humanity. And we should start right here at home.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Finn. We can all be a part of lowering the poverty level with this campaign. I think most of us can spare a dollar, don't you?

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      Frances Metcalfe 

      4 months ago

      Really thoughtful hub. So sad that mankind would rather spend a fortune on the arms race than children in dire situations.

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      Finn Liam Cooper 

      4 months ago from Los Angeles

      Well certainly a nice idea with a great concept behind it. Witty little poem too.

      It's true that the poverty levels in the US are too great and this seems like a nice way to bring awareness.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Mar, Walgreens is the sole retailer of the Red Nose. I had bought one for myself several weeks ago. Then, after writing this poem, I picked up seventeen more for my co-workers. The cashier at Walgreens was thrilled. She told me I just met her daily quota in one fell swoop.

      It's great to see you, my friend. Hoping you're rapidly on the mend.

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sha,

      Your picture is beautiful, as is the awareness you are raising about the Red Nose campaign. Your poem is spot on.

      One of our local drug store chains (Walgreens) is an active supporter of this worthy and heartbreaking initiative.

      Programs like this allow us all to do our part to eliminate childhood poverty.

      Love you lots, mar

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Audrey. I'm actually surprised that so many people haven't heard about the Red Nose campaign. Guess I watch too much TV!

      Great to see you, my friend. I hope you're doing well.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Sha

      I'm really excited to be introduced to this campaign. I hadn't heard about this. Your article explains the red nose program well. I'll pass it on...it's a wonderful cause.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for stopping by, Dora! We had fun at working donning our red noses. I'll be adding some photos tonight.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great article. Great message. We have lots of work to do. Thank you for raising awareness.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Louise, for some reason, in the UK Red Nose Day is a biannual occurrence. Although the US only jumped on the bandwagon in 2015, Red Nose Day is a yearly campaign. Guess we're trying to make up for lost time!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      You're welcome, Bill. Nice to see you!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      That's interesting, Brian. How can we get involved in The Poor People's Campaign?

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Yes it is, Larry!

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      Louise Powles 

      4 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I love the photo of you with your red nose on, it's lovely. I think Red Nose Day is a wonderful charity. They do that in the UK too, and I love watching it. It's great that so many people benefit from such a good cause too.

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      Paula 

      4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      As I said, Brave Warrior..."Sweet Dreams." :) I'll be in touch soon!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 months ago from Hollister, MO

      A Special Day, for sure. Thank for sharing!! ;-)

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      Brian Leekley 

      4 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks, Shauna, for bringing attention to the Red Nose worthy cause of alleviating childhood poverty. I've seen the Red Nose signs at a nearby Walgreens and wondered what it was all about.

      Another antipoverty campaign that is currently active in many parts if the US, including here in Michigan, is The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. It is bringing attention to the interconnectedness of some of the main factors that cause, worsen, or perpetuate poverty in America in unequal, biased ways.

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      Larry Rankin 

      4 months ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful cause!

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Thanks.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Manatita, Red Nose Day was started in the UK in 1988. You can probably Google where to get a nose over there. Or check the Comic Relief site. They can probably point you in the right direction.

      And, yes, I have mastered the job. I've been working in construction accounting for over 30 years, so it's been a piece of cake. Love the company I work for and love the people. That makes it all worthwhile, besides paying the bills of course!

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      You are a Brave Warrior indeed! No mean task.

      Here in Nairobi I see lots in need of help daily and as you can imagine I see the rich too.

      I do what I can, of course.

      Good to see you writing again. Have you mastered the job?

      Yes, you do look silly in that nose. We don't seem to have them here. Or perhaps I'm too busy to see.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, it's ironic you bring up the Mississippi issue. Mississippi is the leader (or should I say loser) in US childhood poverty, followed by New Mexico and Arkansas.

      Good on ya for getting your red nose! I hope everyone else follows the lead.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Larry, I couldn't agree with you more! It's not only a tragedy that so many of our kids are living in poverty, it's a disgrace! No longer do we have a middle class. It's sad and completely counterproductive in this Land of Opportunity!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Hey, Paula! Are you sure it's not the gray hair and extra weight that renders me unrecognizable? LOL.

      You're so right. We need to do what we can to help those in need. I have a few issues I'm passionate about. Our veterans, animal welfare, cancer, and poverty are a few of the causes I try to do what I can to help.

      Good to hear from you my friend! BTW, your thoughtful gifts totally blew me away! Love you, girlfriend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Flourish, my mom grew up in poverty as well. She was one of ten kids. I wouldn't say they were destitute, but when she married my dad, who also grew up poor, they swore they'd never be poor again. They lived up to that promise and provided a very comfortable home for us. Where there's a will there's a way. However, some folks need a helping hand. That's what this post is all about.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's good to see an article by you pop up this morning, and this is certainly a worthwhile cause. I have to get me a red nose today.

      I remember Robert Kennedy touring rural Mississippi in 1968 and being brought to tears by the starving children. We don't seem to be making much progress in this cause. Hopefully that will change in the near future.

      Thanks for raising awareness, my good friend.

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      Larry W Fish 

      4 months ago from Raleigh

      Shauna, I am ashamed of the government of the United States, the country that I love. It is a national disgrace that one in five children lives in poverty, at the same time our government passes a 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut aimed at the rich. I have given to Red Nose Day at our local Walgreen's. I have given when the USPS collects food going to the poor. There is something drastically wrong in America.

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      Paula 

      4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL....Sha, I'd have never known that was you! Crazy, how just a red bulb on your face can make one look entirely different! Hey, you make a cute clown.

      It's a terrible shame for any one, anywhere, to be hungry! The thought of children starving, is more than enough incentive to get people moving. Movements/charities like "Red Nose Day" have been so successful. We need to be a part of fund-raising and donations to these organizations that work relentlessly to combat poverty and the resulting human suffering.

      Thanks for writing this Sha. We all need encouragement and reminders to keep that Humanity-One-World momentum going full speed! Love ya, Paula

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      So sad that such a large proportion of kids start out at such a disadvantage in life. We can all lend a helping hand. Both my parents grew up in poverty as did my husband. I’m glad you are writing again bravewarrior.

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