Representatives of the Red Nose Institute recently presented information about their service program to the Prairie Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This group pursues the unique mission of providing red foam noses to U.S. troops deployed anywhere overseas. Designed by a clown and with the help of clowns and friends around the world, this program was launched in July 2007. The idea is for people who care about our military to donate the red foam noses, whether by sending the items themselves or by making monetary donations which purchase even more noses and also help with mailing costs. A letter is enclosed with each package telling that the folks sending the package are extremely proud of our military and thankful for what they are doing on our behalf. The Red Nose Institute is a non profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.
Servicemen and women are encouraged to share the noses with someone who might need a smile and possibly to share them with the nearby children. There is NO COST to our military or to anyone requesting the red noses. We all know that relieving stress is of the utmost importance when serving in the military, especially overseas. The Red Nose Institute also wants to raise awareness about the serious issue of PTSD and the smile therapy that can result when service personnel receive the red noses. They invite others to assist with their mission. For further information or to make a donation, please contact: The Red Nose Institute, P.O. Box 28515, Kansas City, MO 64188 or www.therednoseinstitute.com.