Over the years, both on his program and in his personal life, Mister Rogers demonstrated an incredible variety of positive character traits. He was kind. He was gentle. He spoke to children like we were intelligent … and he didn’t think the things that frightened or confused us were silly. He told us how things worked. He taught us about treating others well. He told us we were special. He cared about us, his TV friends, and we could feel it. To make a long paragraph short, Fred Rogers lived a lesson in how to be caring neighbor.
How often do we wish for that pleasant reassurance today? The knowledge that a kind neighbor cares for us and, when we need it, is willing to help?
The vast majority of us who remember growing up with “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” are (at least, by the numbers) approaching adulthood or well into our grown-up years. And, if your world looks a bit like ours, it can feel a little lonely out here sometimes.
This November, AETN, libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and a number of local charities are partnering to give you an opportunity to change that through the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.
In addition to being lovely tributes to Fred Rogers’ timeless legacy, the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drives in Cabot, Carlise, Charleston, Cross County, Delight, De Witt, Dumas, Earle, Elkins, Glenwood, Green Forest, Madison County, Sevier County, Van Buren and West Poinsett County are excellent opportunities for you to help build up the neighborly spirit in your community.
Just bring your gently used or new sweaters to one of our participating drop off locations, get to know the people there and take a look at the other donations that are arriving. It’s a bit of a literal warm fuzzy to see evidence of how much your community cares, and providing a little bit of extra help for your neighbors in need - whether through the Arkansas Salvation Army or a local charity - will do more than protect them from the elements. We’re willing to bet that it will warm their hearts a little, too.
Drop off your new or gently used sweaters in the following locations:
Van Buren Public Library