Mr. Rogers Neighbor Hood Sweater Drive

"All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we'e giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That's one of the things that connects us as neighbors - in our own way, everyone is a giver and a receiver."

- Fred Rogers


This year marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. WPBS-TV will be honoring the legacy of Fred Rogers by collecting new and gently used (clean) sweaters, coats and cold-weather gear, especially items for children and teens, to help those in need face the cold winter months.

Look for the Sweater Drive collection bin at one of the WPBS Kids Events listed below or drop them off at the WPBS-TV office located at: 1056 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY.

WPBS provides the following suggestions for families to help teach children kindness while getting to know your neighbors and neighborhood better:

  • Donate a used sweater at one of our children's events.
  • Help your neighbor with chores, ask if you can help with groceries, mow their lawn or even walk their dog.
  • Invite some friends for a neighborhood game day and have them bring their favorite game. Things like flying kites, playing hopscotch, and jumping rope are always better with friends.
  • Have a potluck at a park or central location to spend some time getting to know each other and having a face to face conversation.
  • Create a sidewalk chalk art murals where everyone gets to exercise artistic abilities to make your neighborhood a little more colorful.
  • Arrange a neighborhood book swap/swap meet to share your family's favorite books with others.
  • Play the Make a Card game on PBSKids.org. This interactive game gives children a way to create a card for someone they care about and helps them know that everyone in the world, young and old, is a giver and a receiver.

The Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood parents site also has a lot of good advice from Mister Rogers, including an article on Fred Rogers wisdom on making friends and an article by PBS Parents about helping your child make new friends.

Upload a video of your good deed to our Facebook page or tweet your stories and photos to: #bemyneighbor @WPBSTV.