National Good Neighbor Day (September 28)

Good Neighbor Day was originally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September, but it has then been moved to the 28th of September. 

Being a good neighbor is important to society. An unwritten contract between both parties is acknowledged that would read, “you scratch my back, I scratch yours.” Meaning, that you both will watch over one another for two reasons: 1) Two heads are better than one, and 2) It’s in both of your interests to look over one another because two heads are better than one. Being a good neighbor isn’t just about unwritten contracts, of course, it’s about new friendship and new experiences. It seems fitting that one day a year honors the good neighbors across the nation.

This day is to recognize and appreciate your good neighbor. Hopefully, you have a good neighbor, and that one of the good neighbors is you!

In the early 1970s, Mrs. Becky Marrson from Lakeside, MT recognized the importance of good neighbors. She then started the effort to make this day a nationally recognized day. With the help of her congressman, Mike Mansfield, she succeeded in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors.

In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution that was sponsored by MT senator, Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day.

Good neighbors can range from those who merely wave to each other from their driveways to those who get together every Sunday to watch some good old fashioned football. Wherever you may fall on the neighbor spectrum, remember to be a good person to your neighbor–even if they don’t return the favor; take the high road.

Be a good neighbor and make sure to tell your friends, relatives, and neighbors to contact SeniorChoices NW in Wilsonville, Oregon for help with their health insurance coverage.

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