At Nextdoor, we believe that your neighborhood should be more than just where you live, but a place you are proud to call home.
Oftentimes, the simplest way to foster a welcoming community is with a random act of neighborly kindness! Whether it be offering a stranger a favor or baking a plate of homemade cookies for a housewarming gift, take some inspiration from the following neighbors for simple ways you can brighten someone’s day.
Mary S. | Seattle, WA
After feeling disheartened about the amount of negativity in the world, Mary decided she wanted to be a part of the change. Feeling particularly grateful for the people she had met and who had expressed kindness to her, Mary wanted to express some gratitude to her neighbors by starting a “thank you thread” on Nextdoor.
Mary began the post by thanking the neighbor who offered up her favorite delicious white grapes from their garden, and another neighbor who begged people to come pick Asian pears from her yard, provided they donate some to the food bank. Others went out of their way to help Mary find the perfect peanut butter bar recipe so she could surprise her guests from France with their favorite treat. Then, Mary expressed her appreciation to the many people over the years who offered her dog toys, an ironing board free of charge, and good old-fashioned home advice.
Mary was thrilled by the response as neighbors began commenting their own stories of gratitude and thanks. Mary says the purpose of her post was to focus on the good and how we can be kind to each other in small and large ways, sharing, “there is much good in the world, and this neighborhood is proof positive! Thank you, neighbors!”
Wally R. | El Dorado Hills, CA
Each morning, 95-year-old Wally wakes up early to greet kids on their way to school with fist-bumps and “Wallyisms” – original sayings that promote love and kindness. After serving in World War II and the Korean War, Wally found comfort in spreading positivity, sharing that “hate and anger leads you nowhere; spending time in war shapes what kind of person you want to be and see in the world.”
Despite his age, Wally is quick witted and very active on Nextdoor. For years, Wally has taken to Nextdoor to connect with his community and share words of kindness. When Wally fell ill, his Nextdoor Neighborhood came together in worry posting “Where’s Wally?” and in turn gathering a group of nearly 60 neighbors to visit him in the hospital and wish him a speedy recovery. Wally says that joining Nextdoor has been the best way to reach his neighbors and spread positivity around his community.
Amy K. | Tucson, AZ
When Amy needed to leave town for a few weeks, she was worried about leaving her car outside at the airport in the triple digit heat. She posted on Nextdoor to see if any neighbors could recommend a car service to drop her off at the airport, but within minutes neighbors she had never met were offering to drive her themselves – free of charge!
Amy was so blown away by the generosity of her neighbors that she wrote a letter to her local newspaper to publicly thank her community for their selfless response. This simple act of kindness brought Amy to tears just knowing that there were people she could count on.
Joe W. | Marietta, GA
Joe noticed an elderly neighbor struggling to clear brush from his yard. The 80-year-old Vietnam veteran was wheezing from emphysema when he explained the county had given him a deadline to clean his overgrown yard. Joe gathered a group of more than 20 neighbors from Nextdoor and spent the next three days with chainsaws and brush-cutters to help neaten up their neighbor’s yard. Joe hopes that this will be the first neighbor of many that his community will come together to help.
How will you spread kindness around your neighborhood? Let us know in the comments below!
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