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Neighbor Day brings #SeattleTogether

Neighbor Day inspired drawing by Delaney Ballard (West Seattle High School - 2010)

Over these weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, there have been so many changes that have impacted our day-to-day lives. But it has also proven to us how creative and resilient we can be as we adapt to our new reality and focus on supporting ourselves, our families, our friends, and our community.

Our #SeattleTogether campaign has been shining a spotlight on these stories of kindness, thanksgiving, and compassion. And, we realized that they are the perfect inspiration for our annual Neighbor Day celebration.

Much like everything else right now, this year’s Neighbor Day on May 2 will look a bit different. But, at its heart, it remains a celebration of generosity. As we have for the past 26 years, Seattle community members will use this day to connect with our neighbors through small acts of kindness – while staying six feet apart, of course. Whether it’s leaving cookies on a neighbor’s doorstep, picking up groceries for a home-bound neighbor, or simply having a conversation – all are simple, but meaningful ways to connect and thank your neighbors for being there. By caring for and supporting each other through this time, these random acts will help bring us together. And at the end of this, we’ll find that this “#SeattleTogether” community we have created makes Neighbor Day, every day.

Beginning next Monday, DON will be sharing ideas on how you can perform random acts of kindness for your neighbors and broader community. In the meantime, share your ideas and acts of kindness with us by posting to social media using #SeattleTogether.

How will you surprise and delight your neighbor on Neighbor Day and beyond?