In 1995, Seattle Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day, a tradition that is celebrated to this day. This year, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is encouraging residents to celebrate by performing a Random Act of Kindness (RAK) for a neighbor. To help facilitate this, they compiled a list of suggestions for the community.
Some of their ideas include:
- Organize a neighborhood clean-up
- Paint a fence, rake leaves, or other yard cleanup – especially for an elderly or disabled neighbor
- Host a neighborhood potluck, pancake breakfast, or spaghetti feed
- Have a book, plant, or cookie exchange
- Hold a bake sale for charity or to raise money for a neighborhood project
- Have your children color a Neighbor Day coloring sheet and give it to a neighbor
We love that Seattle is encouraging residents to celebrate their neighbors in such a positive way! Does your city host a Neighbor Day?