Did you know that September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day? Good Neighbor Day was created as a day to celebrate and recognize the importance of good neighbors. Neighbors are the people who live close to us or around us. Good neighbors are an essential part of strong communities. Being a good neighbor is as easy as being a friend. Friends help and watch out for each other. Some examples may be saying hello when you see them, shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor, including neighbors in activities, or greeting new neighbors when they move in.
We hope that you think of ways you can be a good neighbor. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
In the early 1970’s Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana created National Good Neighbor Day.
On September 22, 1978, President Jimmy Carter established September 24, 1978 as National Good Neighbor Day. Part of the proclamation states:
“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
National Good Neighbor Day has been observed on the 4th Sunday in September, September 26th and September 28th.