The Jackson Lions Club participated in its first Red Nose Day, joining a national effort to help fight childhood poverty.

Celebrated in the United Kingdom for more than 25 years, the inaugural Red Nose Day in the United States collected money from communities nationwide on May 21 to give to charities and nonprofit organizations that benefit children in three key ways: by reducing violence, exploitation and abuse; by improving access to quality education and helping with job training; and by making certain children are healthy by providing access to primary health care, clean water and sanitation, according to rednoseday.org.

“It’s simply a chance for people to put on red noses for a good laugh and a good cause,” Lion Beth Dawson said.

Money collected in East Feliciana Parish will go to help youth in the Ethel and Jackson areas.

“I just want to thank everyone for being so generous,” Lion Treasurer Scotty Dawson said. “We are eternally grateful for the money we’ve collected, which will go toward helping young people here in our parish and in our own communities.”

Club members donning red noses for the day were the Dawsons, Don Havard, Jim Parker and Dana and Jeff Travis.