Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friends of "Mister Rogers" and the United Way Establish "Won't You Be My Neighbor Day"

According to the Los Angeles Times, the "spirit" of the classic PBS TV show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which starred Fred Rogers (who passed away in 2003), is alive and well with the "Won't You Be My Neighbor? Day.

This new holiday is being established friends and colleagues of Rogers' in partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County, the county in which Pittsburgh is located and where the "Mister" show was produced.

"We're trying to establish this as a national event, but you've got to start small, said David Newell, who played "Mr. McFeely" on the "Neighborhood" show. "It's really what Fred would want to hapen. He wanted to help others."

Suggested volunteer ideas are simple acts, such as lending an ear to someone, offering to return a shopping cart or volunteering at a senior center.

Around Pittsburgh, various museums and other institutions are offering free or reduced admissions.

Such a wonderful and sweet idea.

Let's all play along with it - EVERY day.

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