You may have seen the “Red Nose Day” commercials on TV with all the celebrities but not been too sure what it’s all about.

Lisa Scroggins, executive administrator of the Erath County United Way, puts it succinctly: “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Walgreens to help prevent poverty. This is a wonderful event and we are excited to be a part of the RED NOSE Campaign right here in Erath County..”

So there you have it; that simple and that important.

Red Nose Day has been a tradition in the United Kingdom for 25 years. It has now “crossed the pond” to the US and will be held here on May 21. The red noses are just for fun, but obviously the cause is a vitally important one and Walgreens sells the red noses as a way to call attention to the drive and collect money.

The red noses sell for $1 and half of that price goes to the Red Nose Day Fund.

Store manager Jason Campbell said, “Currently the Stephenville Walgreens is out of red noses so we’re asking for donations to buy more to sell. People can just come into the store and make donations at any counter. We appreciate the support we’ve had for this cause.”

Proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund, LIFT, National Council of La Raza, National Urban League, Oxfam America, Save the Children and United Way.

For more information visit www.walgreens.com/rednoseday or call 254-965-2587