We're All Neighbors

Mister Rogers is a local (and national) hero. He was a native Pittsburgher, and the show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was filmed right here at WQED.

Pittsburgh is a city made of 90 neighborhoods, each with its own unique story. One of the uniting factors across all our differences, however, is the influence of our favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers.

Pittsburghers take his lessons to heart. With Mister Rogers’ influence, we learned to be good neighbors. During times of uncertainty, Pittsburghers can count on one another. And with so much uncertainty around us, it can be beneficial to take a break from the chaos and take comfort in the knowledge that there is still good out there. 

Here is some good news. We hope it brings a smile, a sense of peace and inspires you to be a good neighbor. 

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'.

Fred Rogers

NEXT PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH IS THROWING AN 'ILLUMINATION-OVATION' TO HONOR WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES

On Tuesday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 14 at 8 p.m., residents throughout the region are asked to turn on their lights, step outside and applaud first responders, hospital employees, mail carriers, grocery store clerks, delivery drivers and other essential workers who are risking their own well-being for others.

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PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER: PITTSBURGH MAKERS LEARN TO SEW MASKS FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

Artist Jenn Gooch is one of many in Pittsburgh who's brought her sewing community together to help make masks. She posted a tutorial on YouTube on how to sew a mask at home, and a week and a half later, the project has a name — Operation Face Mask Pittsburgh.

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A LETTER TO PITTSBURGH BY CAMERON HAYWARD

Pittsburgh grandmas. Let me tell you… they're something else. They’re the biggest characters in the world, man.

A few weeks ago, when we first started hearing reports of the coronavirus spreading to America, I was hunkered down at home with my wife and kids, when my mom called to check in. And as we’re talking, like just in passing, she mentions that my grandma is over in East Liberty at the Target.

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Pittsburgh City Paper: Michael Keaton helps Pittsburgh nonprofits make sure local children are fed

Three local nonprofits are making sure local students are getting fed through a special food distribution program supported in part by Pittsburgh-born actor Michael Keaton.

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WESA: Maggie's Farm Rum Supports First Responders 

Firehouses throughout the city have run out commercial hand sanitizer, but they've gotten help from an unusual source: Maggie's Farm Rum Distillery. The distillery is one of several in the state that have shifted production to sanitizer. Maggie's Farm Rum donated 70 gallons of it this week.

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DKSPORTS: Pirates' Players Send 400 Pizzas to Hospital Workers

Pirates players sent 400 pizzas and other Italian food to workers at Allegheny General Hospital Monday afternoon.

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Next Pittsburgh: Chef’s Table is delivering (really good) meals to seniors in the North Hills 

Chef Kevin Watson, of Chef’s Table is serving the North Hills community through a program called “Buy a Meal, Give a Meal,” and he’ll deliver it himself. 

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Nextdoor: Four City and Salvation Army centers around the city will be offering meals for city schoolchildren 

Starting tomorrow, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Department of Parks and Recreation has received approval to activate grab-and-go meals. 

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GPAC Artist Relief Fund: Arts Council Expands Emergency Fund for Artists in Response to Coronavirus   

In response to COVID-19’s impact on the arts community, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council has temporarily expanded the application guidelines of its Emergency Fund for Artists to cover up to $500 in loss of income due to coronavirus-related closings.  

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Pittsburgh City Paper: Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar launches to help service workers during coronavirus closures 

An independent project hosted on Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Ethics and Policy website is aiming to alleviate some of the financial stress caused by cancellations and closures throughout the city. 

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