Serve Others on National Be a Neighbor Day, November 16
by Allison Hatfield | November 5, 2019
“Love thy neighbor as thyself,” is among the most repeated commands in the Bible (eight times!), but you don’t have to prescribe to any religion to understand the impact accepting and caring for others. Few Americans have ever embodied the Great Commandment as well as the late Fred Rogers, whose Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood ran for 31 seasons. He said, “In appreciating our neighbor, we are participating in something truly sacred.”
This month, a nationwide campaign to inspire people to serve others will take place in association with the new movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and Rogers, the movie stars Tom Hanks as the television star and hits theaters on Thanksgiving Day. But, your chance to join thousands of others in loving, serving, and being a good neighbor is November 16.
The weekend before the movie’s release, VOMO — a volunteer resource partnered with FWD>DFW — will power National Be a Neighbor Day. Opportunities to participate in Dallas are many and include events sponsored by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The Salvation Army, When We Love, Feed My Starving Children, and others. When you volunteer, you will be entered to win A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood T-shirts, tickets to the movie, and other Mr. Rogers merchandise. Regardless of whether you receive material prizes, any generous spirit who spends a few minutes to a few hours serving those who need a bit of help wins big.
Rob Peabody is co-founder and CEO of VOMO. He started the company to help minimize the pain points of volunteering and says that the Be a Neighbor campaign aligns perfectly with that mission. “Fred Rogers’ life was about honoring people who and how they are,” he says. “The film is just an excuse for people to get out of their houses and go serve each other. There are a lot of needs across Dallas, and we want to see as many people as possible mobilized on November 16, so we’re trying to make it as easy as possible.”
To watch the trailer for the movie (be prepared for a few tears) and find out more about how you can volunteer, follow this link. If the November 16 date doesn’t work for you, the site also includes ideas for letting kindness shine anytime.
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