Red Nose Day is coming to the United States to help raise money for American kids living in poverty. You can get your red nose at any Walgreens, a major sponsor of the project. We bought our noses today for just $1 each.
Red Nose Day is a popular television fundraising event in the U.K. It was started to help bring people together in support of British charities.
On May 21, NBC will host an American version of the show. It will feature star-studded music, comedy and short films all while raising money to help the world’s most vulnerable citizens: children. Fifty percent of all funds raised will stay in the U.S. to help fight poverty here.
The popular website Funny or Die, is also a partner of Red Nose Day on NBC. The three-hour show will feature big names in comedy, music and TV including Kevin Nealon, Jane Lynch, Cheryl Hines, Sam Smith, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, John Legend and Justin Long.
One of the things I’m looking forward to are the original short films that feature individual children around the world that will Red Nose Day will help. This includes American children living in poverty.
The following charities will receive aid and assistance from this Red Nose Day fundraiser:
Save The Children
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Children’s Health Fund
National Council of La Raza
(I’ve hyperlinked my personal favorites on this list.)
Red Nose Day was started 30 years ago as a way to raise money for children suffering in poverty by simply entertaining people and making them giggle and laugh. Since that time, the event has raised more than $1 billion for work throughout the United Kingdom.
Check out Walgreens funny commercial. When we bought our red noses the young man at the Walgreens at 23rd and Classen in Oklahoma City practically used this same speech. He was a super swell guy and seemed so happy that we bought some red noses.
Enter The #RedNose Sweepstakes
To help raise awareness about the program, Walgreens is sponsoring a special sweepstakes. Take a picture of yourself wearing your red nose and share it with the hashtags #RedNose #Walgreens and #Promo on Twitter or Instagram. The prize is a trip to New York City to attend the event on May 21.
25 Facts About Child Poverty in Oklahoma
In 2012, the National Center for Children in Poverty released the following statistics about Oklahoma related to children in poverty.
- In Oklahoma, there are 469,426 families with 903,431 children.
- Poor Children: 24% (216,608) of children live in poor families (National: 22%), defined as income below 100% of the federal poverty level.
- 33% (71,486) of children in poor families have at least one parent who is employed full-time, year-round compared to 86% (593,894) of children in not poor families.
- 40% (86,497) of children in poor families have at least one parent who is employed either part-year or part-time compared to 10% (70,815) of children in not poor families.
- 27% (58,625) of children in poor families do not have an employed parent compared to 3% (22,114) of children in not poor families.
- 62% (134,489) of children in poor families live with a single parent.
- 25% (170,124) of children in not poor families live with a single parent.
- 17% (85,013) of white children live in poor families.
- 41% (29,383) of black children live in poor families.
- 38% (49,598) of Hispanic children live in poor families.
- 18% (2,958)* of Asian children live in poor families.
- 28% (21,401) of American Indian children live in poor families.
- 28% (85,270) of children, under age 6, live in poor families.
- 22% (131,338) of children, age 6 or older, live in poor families.
- 26% (57,137) of children in poor families moved last year.
- 16% (109,973) of children in families that are not poor moved last year.
- 32% (33,551) of children of immigrant parents live in poor families.
- 23% (183,057) of children of native-born parents live in poor families.
- 32% (68,670) of children in poor families live in owner-occupied housing.
- 72% (496,482) of children in not poor families live in owner-occupied housing.
- 11% (24,462) of poor children live in families with no parent present.
- 12% (83,522) of not poor children live in families with no parent present.
“At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns so that those who have no allotment or inheritance of their own and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.” — Deuteronomy 10:18
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