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Blake Shelton on Red Nose cause: 'It's time that we open our eyes' to poverty

Blake Shelton didn't have to go very far to find poverty in Los Angeles when he visited a clinic funded in part by Red Nose Day.
/ Source: TODAY

As a celebrity, musician and coach on NBC's "The Voice," Blake Shelton doesn't have to worry about facing poverty personally. But as he learned, it's right on his doorstep — not far from where "Voice" tapes in Los Angeles.

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He recently spent a day in South Los Angeles at a Children's Health Fund mobile clinic on wheels, one of several that runs around the country.

Blake Shelton visits a young patient as part of Red Nose Day
Blake Shelton visits a young patient as part of Red Nose Day.TODAY

The clinic provides exams, vision screening, hearing tests and more, and patients pay what they can. The fund is one of 12 charities supported by Red Nose Day.

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"We're in the United States," Shelton told TODAY after his day out. "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."

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