Let’s Be Helpers: Wise Words From Mr. Rogers in the Face of Tragedy

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who Fred Rogers With Kidsare helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Mr. Rogers

Let’s be helpers.

A Look Back: One Year Anniversary of San Bruno Blast

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In honor of the one year anniversary of the PG&E gas pipe explosion in San Bruno, I’m reposting this story I did about a faith community deeply impacted by the blast that turned around to help the community. Earlier today I read on the Fred Rogers Company website a quote from Mr. Rogers about how his mother helped him deal with disturbing world news as a child.A prayer shawl adorns the San Bruno church impacted by the PG&E gas explosion.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.

This story, like so many other stories about good neighbors, is about the helpers.

More Reasons to Love Mr. Rogers

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In my first post ever to this blog, I did a little tribute to the King of all Good Neighbors, Mr. Rogers. I saw this story today on CNN.com called “15 Reasons Mr. Rogers was the Best Neighbor Ever.” It has some great stories I had never heard before, and just cemented his position as “best neighbor ever” a little more. Enjoy!