In May, actors, musicians, talk show hosts, and people on social media everywhere participated in Red Nose Day, a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty. For one Knowledge Beginnings center in Glenview, Ill., Red Nose Day hit close to home.
“Knowing that Red Nose Day supported children in poverty, we wanted to help as much as possible,” said Kelly Marolt, center director.
The center teamed up with Linn, a parent who acts as head of the Red Nose Day project with Walgreens, a CareSelect partner. As an official corporate sponsor of Red Nose Day, Walgreens sold red noses in stores across the country for people to show their support.
“Linn was so busy through June working on the project, and she was so excited,” said Kelly. “All of the proceeds from the noses sold at Walgreens went to the Save The Children Foundation–they sold out a few weeks before Red Nose Day and raised $5 million!”
Kelly wanted to get her center involved, so on Red Nose Day (May 21), 25 staff members adorned the Walgreens red noses and donated $1 for each child in the center. Altogether, the team raised $175.
“The families loved seeing our poster with the staff photos and a note about the money we raised for the campaign,” said Kelly.
When Kelly told Linn, who was in New York City preparing for a Red Nose Day TV spot, she was ecstatic.
“I’m in NYC and this just made my day!” said Linn. “Thank you so much for your support!”
Champions students in Willow Grove, Ill., also took part in the fundraiser. Each child donated $1 and received their own red nose to decorate and wear to show their support.
“We were proud to wear the red noses on May 21st,” said Center Director Annette Anderson. “It felt good knowing that the donations are sent to help children in need across the United States and in the poorest countries in the world.”