National Good Neighbor Day

It’s National Good Neighbor Day, a time to honor our good neighbors and reflect on being one.

In the early 1970’s, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors.

In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.

Some suggestions for celebrating the day:

  • Help your neighbors in some way
  • Offer a smile and friendly hello to your neighbor
  • Get to know your neighbor a little better
  • Visit an elderly or homebound neighbor
  • Invite your neighbors over for a barbeque
  • Do something to clean up the neighborhood

For more ideas, see:

What can YOU do to be a good neighbor today?

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