Red Nose Day: A Very Doable Way to Help Kids

You know what’s so great about May 24th? Easy. It’s Red Nose Day this year and that means helping kids and having fun. If you’re like me, you want to help. You might not have a lot of extra money in the budget, but you do have great ideas from time to time on how to go about helping. You just aren’t quite sure how much of an impact you’re capable of making or how to go about getting started. Friends and family would describe you as quiet by nature, but when opportunities cross your path to do a good deed, you’re usually up for helping out. Maybe you pick up stray trash while walking the dog, or maybe your kid’s school sends home a flyer about the next food packing event and you make sure to be there. So your heart is definitely in the right place, and you just need what I call “doable” opportunities. This is why I love Red Nose Day so much. It’s a great opportunity and absolutely doable!

Last year was the first time I participated in Red Nose Day. Don’t get too excited. I didn’t do much. But the important thing is that I did something. I started small, but I started somewhere. My son had a red plastic nose from a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer souvenir cup he’d gotten that past Christmas at Denny’s restaurant. I popped it on, snapped a selfie and posted it to my Instagram account with the caption: “end child poverty ❤ everyday.”

Four people liked that post. I’ll be honest, my inner voice pointed out that it wasn’t much. Until I zipped her lips and reminded her that four people liked the post! That was four people who maybe hadn’t ever heard of Red Nose Day and now they knew.

This year, I’m doing a little more. I purchased the iconic red nose sold at Walgreens stores, the official Red Nose Retailer. They cost one dollar each so I splurged and came home with three. In the morning, I’ll post a short video to my Instagram account celebrating the day with the mention that I will donate $1 for each “like” the post receives (up to $50) to Feed the Children, an organization my father lovingly supported during his lifetime.

Red Nose Day is all about having fun, raising money and helping kids in need. The organizers encourage us to:

  1. Get your nose on.
  2. Choose your fundraising idea.
  3. Have fun raising money to help kids in need.
  4. Most importantly, come together to end child poverty one nose at a time, even if that means simply donning a red nose, snapping a selfie, and posting it to your social media, OR, wearing it around town for the day and being seen!

Remember, nothing you do to support or improve the life of a kid is ever too small. So please be sure and do it, whatever it is. If you plan on sharing your red nose pics on social media, tag with #NosesOn and #RedNose to really get the ball rolling and spread the word about this OUTSTANDING, DOABLE day!

Be here now,

Carlene

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