National Good Neighbor Day celebrates the importance of having and being a good neighbor.
Do you ever ask a neighbor to feed your dog, cat, or hamster while you’re on vacation? Maybe you trade helping each other out this way? My neighbor fed and watered my dog, two donkeys, 12 sheep (including two lambs), and a dozen chickens while I was out of town for almost four weeks this summer. She’s done this for my family for a decade. We take care of her dogs and longhorn cattle while she’s out of town, too. Win-Win!
Can you top the donkey-sheep-chicken-sitting neighbor story? Take a moment this weekend to thank a neighbor or get to know a neighbor! I’d love to hear your stories!
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Neighbors offer a cup of sugar when we’re out, collect mail when we’re on vacation, watch our homes, bring a meal if we’re sick, cut our grass just because they were already out cutting theirs. Are you the neighbor who does this? If so – Thank You!
Here’s the rest of the story looking back
National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana. In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation:
“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 a day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”