Childhood poverty – or poverty in general – is a huge problem in the U.S. To help bring awareness to the problem, tons of stars are getting together tonight for a special three-hour charity event, “Red Nose Day” on NBC, including Blake Shelton and Keith Urban.
As part of the awareness campaign, Blake recently visited a mobile medical clinic that provides exams, vision screening, hearing tests and more to low-income patients who then pay whatever they can for the valuable services. The mobile medical clinic is one of the many charities supported by Red Nose Day. The experience was an eye opening one for Blake because on the day he visited the clinic it was parked not too far from where he tapes “The Voice”.
“We’re in the United States,” Shelton told TODAY, who aired video of the clinic visit. “We’re the greatest country in the world. I truly believe that. And still, one out of every five children live in poverty. I think it’s time that we open our eyes to that.”
Red Nose Day, a program of Comic Relief, Inc. has been taking place in the UK for the past three decades and has raised over a billion dollars for charity. Tonight’s event will be the first for the U.S. You can find out more info here.
Check out the video here or below of Blake’s visit to the mobile medical clinic.