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Join host Chris Hardwick as Red Nose Day programming airs on NBC Thursday, May 25.

Red Nose Day 2017: Here's How to Get Involved

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    Red Nose Day, an annual campaign that uses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty, is quickly approaching and the stars of NBC are getting together to laugh it up for a good cause on May 25. The best part is you can join in, too.

    NBC's Red Nose Day fund-raising broadcast special on Thursday, May 25 will be hosted by Chris Hardwick and feature comedy, music and a special reunion film featuring the cast of "Love Actually" called "Red Nose Day Actually."

    The short "Love Actually" reunion film from writer-director Richard Curtis, also the founder of Red Nose Day, brings together the cast of the beloved holiday movie to support the charity.

    And if that wasn't enough, Academy Award-winner Julia Roberts and other stars will partake in Red Nose Day-themed programming throughout the night that both entertains and offers viewers an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in need.

    A popular annual event in the U.K., Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion over the last 30 years. 

    "Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day" at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT is followed by a special 9:00 p.m. episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day," with Roberts venturing to Kenya, leading up to NBC's third annual "The Red Nose Day Special," hosted by Hardwick at 10:00 p.m.

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    The three shows are tied together in celebration of Red Nose Day, with calls to action to donate throughout each of the three programs.

    Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in the United States and in some of the poorest communities around the world.

    Beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Charity: Water; Children's Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; Save the Children; and The Global Fund.

    Red Nose Day launched in America in 2015 and has raised more than $60 million in its first two years in the U.S. People across the country are encouraged to support the cause by coming together and wearing their red noses, organizing fundraising events and watching and donating during the night of Red Nose Day programming on NBC.

    The campaign's iconic red noses are sold exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide.