In 1978 President Carter issued a Proclamation declaring September 28th National Good Neighbor Day. National Good Neighbor Day was created as a way to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of a good neighbor. Read more here on the history of how this day was created.
Let’s Celebrate Good Neighbor Day!
It is great to have a good neighbor but it is more important to BE a good neighbor. Today, more than ever, it is important to celebrate being and having neighbors.
Good neighbors are friends that often resemble family. We often turn to neighbors for a cup of sugar when we are short, to collect our mail while we are on vacation or watch our homes and/or pets. These relationships often turn good neighbors into lifelong friends.
History of Good Neighbor Day
Good Neighbor Day was the idea of Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana. In the early 1970’s she wanted to recognize the importance of having and being a good neighbor. This idea eventually got the attention of President Carter who issued a Proclamation declaring September 28th National Good Neighbor Day. Read President Carter’s Proclamation 4601 here.
What does it mean to be a good neighbor?
President Carter’s words are especially relevant in today’s world –
“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.”
In short, building good neighborhood relationships provide the foundation for building stronger, more effective communities.
Today is great day to share food, fellowship and genuine concern for our neighbors. From simple gatherings to catching up on each others’ families, interests and needs – take today to reach out to a neighbor.
Here are a few ways to reach out and appreciate your neighbor:
- Bring over a small dessert and share a few minutes chatting
- Share a cup of coffee – who doesn’t love coffee, right?
- Have you kids mow the lawn or weed the garden for an elderly neighbor
- Bring in your neighbors trash can when you bring in yours
In conclusion, let’s make today a great day for our neighbors. Small acts of kindness go a long way. #GoodNeighborDay is a great way to rekindle old friendships and put a smile on a neighbors face.
Great neighbors are what make our job so enjoyable! At Gulf South Property Management we meet great neighbors everyday. Our welcome packets are always a big hit with new neighbors. They are a great way for us to put names and faces together and to build relationships that last. To learn more about how Gulf South Property Management can add value to your Association, please give us a call today. We would love to add more great neighbors to our team!