Red Nose Day: We bet you heard something about it yesterday. Whether you saw a friend with a red nose on Facebook, purchased a red nose, snapchatted one onto yourself with a filter or simply heard someone talking about it, it seems everyone was in on raising awareness about kids’ poverty with the red nose theme. Our own Mary Van de Kamp, Senior Vice President of Quality for Kindred Rehabilitation Services, left, and Jean Reifenrath, Division Vice President, right, also celebrated this special day while in Rockford, Illinois:


History of Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day was founded in the U.K. in 1985 by a British charity called Comic Relief. The group holds a live television extravaganza to raise money and asks participants to get silly for a good cause. Red Nose Day hit the U.S. last year and became a much more highly visible event in 2016, when Walgreens sold 10 million noses to raise funds and NBC held a special two-hour long telecast where some of today’s biggest stars including Seth Meyers and Will Ferrell came together to “be funny for money.” The donations will go toward assisting children who face issues such as inadequate nutrition, pneumonia, lack of eye care, malaria, inadequate housing or access to educational materials.

Even though Red Nose Day was yesterday, there’s plenty of time left to make a donation toward alleviating childhood poverty and suffering. If you’d like to contribute, visit

Did you take part in Red Nose Day? We’d love to see your photos! Kindred employees are encouraged to send pictures to

By Kindred Rehabilitation Services