Welcome at Home Neighborhood Introductions Preparing for emerencies.....and borrowing an egg!
When a family is new to the neighborhood, it is not always easy to learn the names of the new neighbors. In this day and age when people spend more and more time inside their houses or in their private back yards, it may take months before you even see your neighbors. But what happens in an emergency? It is important to be able to call a neighbor.
You can help build community in your neighborhood as well as provide a valued service to your new neighbor if you would visit the neighbors who are nearby and request their permission to write down their names, phone number and addresses on the attached list. You can then bring this list over to the new neighbor's house or apartment. It will be a good reason to stop by to begin building a relationship AND you will be providing them with a great resource. Also, don't be too surprised if some of the neighbors ask you for a copy of the list once you have it completed as well.
If you are really ambitious and are given to the ministry of hospitality, you might even consider inviting the new neighbor and several of your neighbors to your house for a potluck dessert. For a fun way to present the list, save an empty 5 lb sugar bag and roll up the list with all the addresses and place it inside the bag along with a measuring cup and a couple hard boiled eggs (to avoid any possibility of a mess). When you present the sugar bag, you can say something like, "Welcome to the neighborhood. Here is a list of neighbors who are willing to loan you a cup of sugar, a couple eggs, or to help you out in an emergency! "