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National Good Neighbor Day

Updated on August 18, 2014

Welcome Good Neighbor!

National Good Neighbor Day is September 28th, but it is a day we need to celebrate every day.

Having a good neighbor is a blessing we could all agree on, I would think. However, being a good neighbor is sometimes hard isn't it?

There were times when I had neighbors that it was really hard to be nice to, especially when they turned their sprinkler on as soon as I hung out my clothes on the line. What did I do?  I stopped hanging my clothes out in the mornings I had to go to work.

Then there are times I didn’t feel like being a good neighbor when my neighbor’s dogs barked all night or their cat used my flower beds for their bathroom.  Throwing trash in my yard, never mowing their lawn, branches falling on my roof, all night beer parties, loud music, racing of cars ... I could go on.  But I suppose so could you.

So what do you do with neighbors that really don’t care to be good neighbors?  You be a good neighbor anyway. Lead by example.

Great communities aren’t made, but built on the kindness of good neighbors.  It takes time for a street to become a great one, and being a good neighbor yourself will help it grow.

There are many communities that celebrate Good Neighbors day or month.  What kind of things can we do to encourage being a good neighbor?  Take a look at some things people have done to encourage, recognize and celebrate good neighbors and citizenship in their area.

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Jesus said:

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV

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America's Favorite Neighbor

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Hello Neighbor

Mister Rogers Neighborhood Open - Fred Rogers Co.

Mister Rogers Neighborhood Full Episode Learning

Mr. Rogers "It's You I Like".mp4

Mr. Rogers ~ America's Favorite Neighbor - He Led by Example

Won't You Be My Neighbor on MP3

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Love Your Neighbor As Yourself kids song from Matthew 19:19

History & Recognition of Good Neighbors

It all began when a neighbor herself recognized how important it was to have good neighbors surrounding you, and learning to be one at the same time. Mrs. Becky Mattson lived in Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970s when she started campaigning to congressman Michael Mansfield about selecting a day in which the entire country would celebrate our good neighbors.

With Congressman Mansfield's help, Mrs Mattson was successful in getting three presidents to come on board with her idea. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and many other officials in government, agreed to issue statements proclaiming a National Good Neighbor Day in America.

It took over 20 years, but finally in 2003 the United States Senate agreed to make September 28th our National Good Neighbor Day.

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Wikipedia Free Photo FDR 1933
Wikipedia Free Photo FDR 1933

The Good Neighbor Policy of America

According to the Bible, being a good neighbor is to extend beyond our local street.  It applies to anyone who needs a helping hand.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt realized that when he made this statement during his inaugural address on March 4th, 1933:
"In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor ..."

I am thankful for the opportunity to be good neighbors to any country when they are in need of a helping hand. Click on link below for the rest of the address FDR gave concerning the Good Neighbor Policy.   

Good neighbor policy:
Wikipedia Free Photo FDR 1933 Inaguration Day


Being A Good Neighbor

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What does it mean to be a good neighbor?

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Good Neighbour Award 2011

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Neighbor Thank You A Bunch Cards - Click on photo for details.

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25 Ways to Be A Good Neighbor

  1. The easiest thing is to offer a smile or word of encouragement, but why stop there?
  2. Take a meal to a neighbor who has had a difficult week.
  3. Invite a neighbor in for a cup of tea or coffee and fellowship awhile.
  4. Ask a few questions to help you get to know a little about them. It might give you a whole new outlook.
  5. Have a street-wide barbecue.
  6. Try hosting a block party with music, games and fun food.
  7. Give a Good Neighbors Award in appreciation for their kindness to you throughout the year.
  8. Mow or rake your neighbor's yard.
  9. Offer to paint your neighbor's fence (if they have one of course).
  10. Bake some cookies, a cake or pie for your neighbors.
  11. Offer to trim your neighbor's bushes or trees and then remove the debris.
  12. Write a thank you note to your neighbors and include a gift certificate to a local restaurant or theater.
  13. Take a walk with your neighbor or go to the park.
  14. Take your neighbor to lunch.
  15. Take some pictures of you with your neighbors.
  16. Take flowers to a neighbor.
  17. Keep your own yard clean by removing any pet waste. Not cleaning your yard makes for bad neighbor relations, because it smells and draws more bugs to the area.
  18. Don't begin working outside with your mower or power tools until 8 am.
  19. Keep your children's toys in your own yard.
  20. Don't leave flood lights on all night.
  21. Park in your own yard.
  22. Make sure your children know the boundaries of their own yard.
  23. Keep your music low so it does not disturb your neighbor.
  24. When entertaining outdoors, remember that your neighbors don't want to hear it.
  25. Always let your neighbor know when you are doing work that may infringe on their privacy.

Next Door Neighbor Devotions - How to Be A Good Neighbor

Local Libraries, Businesses for Neighborhood Events - Being A Good Neighbor, City Wide

Each year our library engages in a city wide chili cook-off. It is one of the biggest events of the year. Throughout the year they host various events to stimulate community awareness such as holding programs that would include the family. Here are some more things you can do with your local library and city businesses for Good Neighbor Day:

  1. In the summer hold an outdoor reading fair. Provide snow cones, lemonade or ice tea, watermelon or ice cream donated by the community grocery stores or restaurants.
  2. Our community has a back-to-school event at the local civic center at the beginning of August. The entire city gets involved donating school supplies and new under garments for children in grade school. Local churches host the event, but everyone gets involved. Music, family entertainment and food are also part of some of the Good Neighbor events.
  3. Hold Workshops throughout the city over the course of a week. Such as:

    Local Exhibits including refreshment booth with homemade baked goods

    Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness and Survival

    Workshops that include seniors teaching youth in your neighborhood

    Workshop on how to participate in the local gardening or landscaping of the public parks

  4. Award ceremony with the mayor giving certificates to winners of a Good Neighbor contest.

Good Neighbors on TV

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Originally telecast in the 1970s, Good Neighbors is the wonderful 1970s Britcom about an upper-middle-class couple who relinquish consumerism and turn their cozy suburban London home into a self-sufficient farm.

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Love Thy Neighbor Videos - You obey the whole Law when you do this one thing, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself." Galatians 5:14 (NLV)

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The Proud Family - Love Thy Neighbor Part 1.

The Proud Family - Love Thy Neighbor Part 2.

City Hope - Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

SpongeBob SquarePants The Movie PC Walkthrough - Chapter 1: Love Thy Neighbour

Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself by Carter Conlon - Part 1

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MIster Ed Season 4 - Love Thy Neighbor

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @takkhisa: That's still good ... for the most part I would think. Don't live near any family, so I miss that.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Yes I agree with you that "Having a good neighbor is a blessing". Well, actually most of my neighbors are my relatives too.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Hi! Interesting lens about an important topic.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @flinnie lm: That's good to hear. Having great neighbors is such a blessing. Nice to see you flinnie.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi my neighbors and I try to be good neighbors, we live very close with small yard. We all like each other.

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      jimporsche86 4 years ago

      I think being and having good neighbors is very important. We live in an apartment so being around other people is out of our control being so close to each other. For now we get along with everyone, I think. We had a very bad neighbor for a year, thankfully he moved out about 9 months ago.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      We're very fortunate with our neighbors! Our neighborhood has very small yards (I swear I could just lean out my window to borrow something from my next door neighbor) but everyone gets along really well.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      @bushaex: I agree, some people just don't know how to be good neighbors. But that doesn't mean we can't keep trying, right?

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thanks for the neighborly blessing.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      So true that we must all lead by example in being a good neighbor. I find it illuminating that there are politicians publicly criticizing PBS (which has brought us Mister Rogers all these years) and wanting to defund their superb efforts in creating good neighbors. Now that's just not neighborly!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Well, howdy, neighbor! What a beautiful page sharing love! SquidAngel blessed!