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Red Nose Day fundraiser supports local children

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POLSON – Locals can show support for children’s programs by donating money and wearing a bright red nose on their face. 

This is the fifth year that the Polson Walgreens has raised money to support underprivileged children through the national Red Nose Day fundraiser. This year, the fundraiser will continue through June 30. The official Red Nose Day was May 23.

“We remind people there are kids out there that need our help, and we want to do something,” Walgreens manager Jen Ruggles said. 

Cash donations are accepted at the store or online at rednoseday.org or walgreens.com. Those who donate can also elect to have a small part of their donation go toward the purchase of a red nose they can wear. This year for the first time, the noses have characters on them. 

The money raised goes to charities that support children who are living in poverty, including the Boys and Girls Club of America, Feeding America and Children’s Health Network.

The Polson store has raised the most money of any store in the region for the last two years. Ruggles said the store has raised over $10,000 in the last four years. The national Red Nose Day foundation has given $25,000 to the local Boys and Girls Clubs to date. 

The campaign aims to spread awareness about the struggles of children living in poverty by encouraging people to wear the red noses. The theme of this year’s fundraiser is “everyday heroes.” Ruggles has been gathering photos of local heroes, including police and firefighters wearing the red noses, to spread the word about the fundraiser.

Last year, the Polson City Commission declared May Red Nose Month. This year, the Ronan City Council voted to make June Red Nose Month in the city. 

Polson City Commissioner Bob Martin said, “We’d like to thank you and all of Walgreens for the money you’ve brought into the community and for your good work.” 

At the Polson meeting, commissioners bought themselves and members of the audience red noses in support of the fundraiser. “It’s all about coming together and having a good time for the kids,” Ruggles said. 

 

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