Thursday, May 24 is Red Nose Day. A special day sponsored by Walgreens and helping to achieve a world free of poverty, has been celebrated since 1988. In all that time, I can tell you I haven’t seen one person on the street wearing a red nose. But that’s going to change this year!
Leslie had to pick up a prescription a few weeks ago and went to the drive-thru Walgreens.
By the way, before I start raving about red noses, let me rave about drive-thru pharmacies. I know of only this particular Walgreens in my neighborhood and it’s a damned joy to have around. When we had to pick up a scrip after an urgent care visit, Walgreens seemed like the ideal choice. No walking through CVS, sniffling and sneezing, and wondering if the tissues were on sale. Instead, you pull into the drive-thru, pass the scrip through the window to the clerk, drive around the other side of the building, and your medications are waiting for you!
And now, back to red noses.
Comic Relief launched in the United Kingdom with the goal of using comedy to raise money and help those leading tough lives. The vision? Creating a just world free from poverty. The most prominent symbol of Comic Relief is a plastic/foam “red nose,” which is given in various supermarkets and charity shops such as Oxfam in exchange for a donation to the charity and to make others laugh. People are encouraged to wear the noses on Red Nose Day to help raise awareness of the charity.
Simple yet powerful, visible and playful, the Red Nose has always been our symbol. It brings us together, breaks down barriers, and reminds us of the power of laughter.
The movement continues to grow with every fundraiser held, TV special aired, partner enlisted, and Red Nose sold. Globally, Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion since its launch in the U.K. in 1988. Every year millions of Americans buy Red Noses at their local Walgreens, come together in their communities, workplaces, and schools to fundraise, and tune in for a special night celebrating Red Nose Day on NBC – all to help end child poverty.
Leslie picked up a prescription and 15 red noses last month. The pharmacist was happily surprised, and Leslie was enticed by this year’s red nose….which has a touch of silver sparkle–because giving children a brighter future is something to celebrate.
If you don’t have your nose yet, visit your local Walgreens and make a difference.