Operation Good Neighbor: Help out a Neighbor in Need

As part of the lessons both my wife and I are trying to teach our kids, we’ve long focused on helping others. The Missus is much better at this than I am, on any given week you’ll see the boys tagging along with her to visit someone in poor health or a person who needs some assistance. One day we were driving home, and we passed an injured biker on the side of the road, so we stopped to check on his condition. My son said later I’m happy that we are the kind of people who would stop and help someone in trouble. That’s powerful stuff both for you and them. This mission puts a little more focus on the kids initiating the help and I daresay is one of the most important of the 25 Missions to Manhood. 


This mission is simple but important. Being a good neighbor is not just a mission; it should be a way of life. If your neighbors can’t count on those around them to help in a time of need, who can they rely on? It’s known as the Golden Rule and is one of the most important things you can learn. Itís this: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. What does that mean? It means you should treat others how you want to be treated and love them even when it might be difficult or not particularly enjoyable. You’ll go find a neighbor (one you think might most need the help) and go offer your support and assistance. Now you will provide whatever help they need or figure out how to get it to them. 


Whatever you need to help out. 


  1. Pick your neighbor you will go help.
  2. Tell your C.O. about your mission and where you are going.
  3. Go talk to your neighbor being very polite and ask if there are jobs around the house that might need doing.  If they say they don’t need any help, maybe mention some skills you have and suggest some ideas. Some ideas that might be helpful: lawn care, weeding, picking up dog waste, house cleaning, sidewalk sweeping.  If they still refuse your help leave them the option to ask you for help in the future and return home to brainstorm about something you could make them, cookies, a letter opener, birdhouse or something else.
  4. Write down in your mission notebook how it felt to help out someone in need. Share your experience with your friends and family.


This is your mission if you would like your C.O. to come with you when you go offer your help that is fine, but you need to be the one offering assistance.  Your C.O. is just there to supervise.