WCSU Child Care Center to hold Red Nose Day fundraiser
Donations from families will support Danbury food pantry

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Child Care Center will join the Red Nose Day campaign on Thursday, May 26, to raise funds for charitable causes locally, nationally and internationally as children at the center participate in a special fundraising event with the support of their families.

Family donations for the red noses to be worn by their children on Red Nose Day will provide funds to purchase fresh produce and milk for the Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut Food Pantry in Danbury. Lauren Halpin, program director of the WCSU Child Care Center, said that the children participating in the event selected the CAAWC pantry as the local charity recipient.

The Child Care Center event will be held as part of the national Red Nose Day fundraising campaign supporting children- and family-oriented charitable organizations sponsored by Comic Relief Inc. in partnership with Walgreens, NBC, M&M’s and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Comic Relief website noted the inaugural Red Nose Day appeal in the United States in 2015 benefited charitable work in all 50 states and 15 nations abroad through “programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated and lift kids out of poverty.” The U.S. appeal is part of an international Red Nose Day campaign that has raised more than $1 billion globally in the past 25 years.  

The Child Care Center’s purchase of red noses through Walgreens will contribute to the charities supported by the national appeal, Halpin observed. This year’s beneficiaries include the Boys and Girls Club of America, Charity: Water, the GAVI Alliance, the National Council of La Raza, the Children’s Health Fund, the National Urban League, the Global Fund, Save the Children, Oxfam America, Feeding America and Covenant House.

For more information, contact Halpin at halpinl@wcsu.edu or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.


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