“Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?” Those words, famously sung by the well-known Mr. Rogers, suggest a sense of camaraderie and community—of a world where folks take pride in where they live, look out for one another, and work together for the betterment of their neighborhoods. If this seems a bit utopian and nostalgic in today’s fast-paced world, what better time than now to celebrate National Good Neighbor Day this year?

What is National Good Neighbor Day?

Initiated in 1970 by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, MT and later made official in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, National Good Neighbor Day is observed annually on September 28. It serves as a reminder for neighbors to acknowledge and appreciate each other and lend a helping hand to those in need around us. When it comes to celebrating National Good Neighbor Day—not just on the 28th but every day—the possibilities are truly endless:

  • Bake a batch of cookies and deliver them next door.
  • Offer to pet sit or collect mail for neighbors out of town.
  • Pass along the daily newspaper after you are finished reading it.
  • Invite a neighbor over for coffee and conversation.
  • Simply offer a warm “hello!” This effortless demonstration of friendliness and goodwill is often overlooked, yet it can profoundly impact the development of positive relationships with neighbors and community togetherness.

At the Hickman, Every Day is National Good Neighbor Day!

Here at The Hickman senior living community, we treasure our role in the West Chester community and the many opportunities our residents and we have to build connections with our borough neighbors. Be sure to find us at the West Chester Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-Off—where we are proudly one of only two entities who have participated every year since its inception in 2002—serving up our very own “Zach’s Zesty Zinger” chili. We look forward to seeing you, neighbor!

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