Red Nose Day is all about making it fun to come together to raise money and awareness for children who need our help most, in America, and around the world. Red Nose Day’s mission is to end child poverty—one nose at a time. This year, Red Nose Day is on May 24.
Funds raised through Red Nose Day help support UnidosUS’s Healthy and Ready for the Future initiative, which provides oral health and oral health education to Latino children in rural areas, especially children of migrant and seasonal farmworker families.
Check out our inspiring video on Red Nose Day to learn more about our partnership this year.
In partnership with six Affiliates in AZ, CA, FL, TX, and WA—local Federally-Qualified Health Centers and community-based organizations with migrant and seasonal head start programs—UnidosUS improves access to timely and equitable oral and primary health care services for Latino children—especially migrant children—across 60 rural communities.
Last year we set out to connect 10,000 children with essential dental services and connected close to 20,000 instead—that’s 20,000 children that are getting needed health services early on—health services that will help them better learn and thrive in school.
Children living in poverty are twice as likely to suffer tooth decay than their more affluent peers. An estimated 30% of migrant and seasonal farmworkers live below the poverty line—double the rate of all Americans living below the poverty line (15%)—putting their children at greater risk for tooth decay.
Untreated tooth decay can lead to problems with eating, speaking, learning, and socializing, often resulting in higher school absenteeism, and lower self-esteem—addressing this issue early on is key to create opportunities for these children to more effectively learn and develop.
To learn more about the children we have helped with our campaign, check out our Red Nose Day blogs.
You can help support thousands of kids by purchasing a red nose for $1 at Walgreens Pharmacy. You can also learn more about Red Nose Day by visiting their website. Don’t forget to tune in to the Red Nose Day Special on NBC on May 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET.