Having good neighbors and being a good neighbor can be a great blessing in your life. We often turn to our neighbors for advice, to borrow something, to help with our children, watch our homes while we are away, help with our pets, and even enjoy the occasional backyard get together.
Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana, created national Good Neighbor Day back in the early 1970’s. Becky realized the importance of having and being a good neighbor. Congressman Mike Mansfield aided Ms. Mattson in getting former Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter to issue proclamations, as well as many governors. Former President Jimmy carter issued proclamation 4601 in 1978 as follows:
“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.”
1-800 Charity Cars, the United States leading vehicle donation/distribution charity, would like to offer you the following list of suggestions for celebrating National Good Neighbor Day:
- Greet your neighbors with a smile and wave
- Help a neighbor with their lawn work
- If you have neighbors who just moved in, go over and introduce yourself
- Bake some cookies, brownies, or a cake and take them over to your neighbor
- Invite your neighbor over for lunch or dinner
- Plan a neighborhood yard sale
- Throw a block party
- Have a neighborhood picnic or BBQ
- Don’t know your neighbors? Go introduce yourself and make an effort to get to know them
- Know of a neighbor in need of help with food or other basic needs? Make a difference by taking over a few things to help them out. Ask the neighborhood to pitch in too.
- Share online about your good neighbors at nextdoor.com/goodneighbor/
Whatever you choose to do to celebrate the day, 1-800 Charity Cars hopes everyone will acknowledge the importance of being and having good neighbors. Take this day as an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and show them kindness, recognition, and appreciation. If you do not have neighbors, then show this kindness to the people that you do know in your local area.
If you have a vehicle that you no longer need or use, you can make a difference in the lives of others in need of reliable transportation. Every vehicle or monetary donation is tax-deducible and we provide free towing for all vehicles nationwide, running or not. Visit our site 800charitycars.org, or call 1-800-242-7489.