Kristy Pistacchio wants to set a record and she’s asking for your support.
The Johnston resident is spearheading a heart-warming drive – for the second time in as many years – that she hopes hundreds of other residents will support to help end child poverty.
Pistacchio is a wife and mother who manages the Walgreens store at the intersection of Plainfield Pike and Atwood Avenue which has again signed on as the local promoter of Red Nose Day, a nationally-renowned fund-raising effort that helps numerous charities like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Save the Children, Feeding America and Charity Water.
In keeping with the Red Nose Day slogan, as Pistacchio called it, she’s saying: “Let’s come together to end child poverty, one nose at a time.”
“I love this event because it is so moving to see children helping other children,” Pistacchio said. “The kids had a great time last year and were educated about the Red Nose Fund and all the wonderful work it does.”
Red Nose Day 2016 was an overwhelming success in-and-around Johnston. For starters, children at all Johnston elementary schools, as well as kids at the Early Childhood Center, will again be dressed in a variety of red garb on Thursday, May 25, and will receive a red nose for donating only one dollar to the Red Nose Fund.
“Last year was so exciting,” Pistacchio said, “the children at all our (Johnston) schools loved putting on their red noses and showing special support – and love – for less fortunate kids. The day – and event – was extraordinary and we’re all hoping next week’s drive will be doubled in fun and donations.”
As she did last year, Pistacchio will be in the middle of it all. She’ll make the rounds at all the schools armed with box upon box of red noses that administrators and teachers will help distribute to the students.
“All our Walgreens stores are also selling red noses,” Pistacchio said, noting that there’s a current television campaign that’s also promoting Red Nose Day. “When you see the results the day produces, it actually brings tears to your eyes. No one likes seeing a child in poverty.”
Pistacchio, though, isn’t just working on Red Nose Day at all Johnston elementary schools and the ECC. She has also enlisted the support of Bar 101, a highly-popular restaurant located at 1478 Atwood Avenue, for the second Annual Red Nose Day Ladies Night Out.
“We will have a variety of consultants there next Thursday, including LuLaRoe, Younique, and others,” Pistacchio said. “Bar owners Pete and Justin were super supportive last year and they too are looking forward to helping set a record this time.”
She explained that while a number of vendors will be selling their products, they’ll also donate a percentage of what they take in that night.
“People are encouraged to stop by Bar 101 wearing red, relax, recharge and browse at all the products we women love. And most importantly, show your support for Red Nose Day, a campaign dedicated to lifting children and young people out of poverty.”
In keeping with their appreciation for each and every customer, Bar 101 owners will again offer drink specials, a buffet and disc jockey spinning music beginning at 9 p.m.
“The event was very, very successful last year,” she said. “My goal is to double donations earned in 2016,” which was $1,000.
Pistacchio also explained that Red Nose Day will culminate with a special 3-hour prime-time telecast on NBC-TV starting at 8 o’clock with a Celebrity American Ninja Warrior, a Red Nose Day themed Running Wild with Bear Grylls and ending with a star-studded national telethon special.