In 1978, President Jimmy Carter named a day in late September as the official “Good Neighbor Day” to encourage Americans to build friendship among their neighbors and spread love and respect throughout their communities.
This year, Good Neighbor Day falls on September 28th, and is the perfect opportunity to perform a few acts of kindness to show your appreciation to the people in your neighborhood. Not sure where to start? Read on for a few ideas on good deeds that you can perform in your community!
Offer to Help a Neighbor with Yard Work
Autumn is around the corner, and you know what that means: lots and lots of leaves! Do your neighbors a favor and offer to help them with raking. Or, if you see your neighbor struggling to keep up with mowing the lawn, weeding their gardens or taking out the trash — you can help them with that too!
Leave Gift Cards for Your Mail Carrier
Mail carriers are the unsung heroes of the service industry — making sure you get your mail no matter the weather. This Good Neighbor Day, show your appreciation to your mail carrier by leaving them a gift card to a local business.
Buy Coffee for the Person Behind You at a Local Coffee Shop
Start a “pay it forward” chain at your local coffee shop by asking your barista if you can pay for the person behind you. You can also leave a set amount of money and tell them to use it for customers until it runs out for a simple, yet effective, act of kindness.
Clean Up Trash in Your Neighborhood
Being a good neighbor can be as simple as stopping to pick up a handful of trash on the side of the street! If you have a half hour, take a quiet walk throughout your area and search for any litter that you can pick up and throw away or recycle properly.
Make a Donation to a Community Fundraising Effort
If you’ve seen calls for donations in your neighborhood newsletters or other online groups for a new community garden, pool, or other amenity update — now is the perfect time to get involved! Take a moment to read all about the cause and make a donation, no matter the amount.