Back in the 1970s, Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana created National Good Neighbor Day. In 1978, the day was made official when United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601:
As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation, and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family.
In recognition of the importance of fostering compassion and respect in ourselves for our neighbors, the Congress has requested the proclamation of September 24, 1978, as National Good Neighbor Day (S.J. Res. 133).
Now, Therefore, I, Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 24, 1978, as National Good Neighbor Day. I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and third. (www.presidency.ucsb.edu
In 2003, the date was changed from the fourth Sunday in September to September 28th.
With this month marking National Courtesy Month, What better way to recognize National Good Neighbor Day then by sharing Cinderella’s statement of “Have Courage and be Kind.” Share your words of kindness to your fellow neighbors here —> www.cinderellakindness.com for the Million Words of Kindness Campaign. One kind word can make all the difference in the world!
In the movie, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother (played by Helena Bonham Carter) demonstrated her act of kindness by blessing kind-hearted Cinderella with a beautiful gown. In honor of the generous gestures, we have some concept art sketches from Costume Designer Sandy Powell and a bonus clip that touches upon the costumes from the film that we’d love to share with you. Cinderella is now available on Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD.
Bonus Clip: Costumes
Grab a copy of Cinderella from Amazon.com and share the kindness!