Gov. Wolf Encourages Participation in Acts of Kindness Tomorrow for ‘1-4-3 Day’

May 22, 2019

Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf encouraged Pennsylvanians to take a few minutes tomorrow to participate in an act of kindness for “1-4-3 Day,” a day honoring Pennsylvania’s kindest native son, Fred Rogers.

“I’m challenging all Pennsylvanians to use tomorrow to exhibit the type of neighborly kindness Fred Rogers sought to spread around the world,” said Gov. Wolf. “Pennsylvania is a commonwealth rooted in kindness and generosity, and this is our day to show the world the positive impact that neighborliness can have.”

Gov. Wolf proclaimed May 23, the 143rd day of the year, “1-4-3 Day” to encourage acts of kindness and honor Rogers, who exemplified warmth and compassion. Rogers, best known as Mister Rogers from his beloved television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, regularly used 1-4-3 as a way of saying “I love you” throughout his life. His reference was to the number of letters in each word: 1-4-3.

First Lady Frances Wolf will read “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” an illustrated collection of Fred Rogers’ poetry and song lyrics, to students at Alexander Goode Elementary School in York. The book’s publisher, Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, has also produced a free activity guide with ideas for sharing kindness.

“We hope all Pennsylvanians will join us in celebrating 1-4-3 Day in PA,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “The principles of love and kindness that Fred Rogers sought to spread through his work embodies who we are as a commonwealth. Even small acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day.”

Second Lady Gisele Fetterman will volunteer at Free Store 15104 in Braddock, which recycles surplus and donated goods to neighbors in need.

“Volunteering is putting love in action and we all need more love,” said Second Lady Fetterman. “Volunteering — and being on the receiving end of that service — takes courage and compassion. I have been on the receiving end and am grateful to be on the giving end now.”

To celebrate 1-4-3 Day, state agencies will be engaging in activities centered on kindness and friendship. Participating agencies include the Department of Labor & Industry, which will hold an employee appreciation day, and the Department of Community and Economic Development, which will collect donations for the Fred Rogers Center, help serve lunch at the Bethesda Mission, Harrisburg, and collect non-perishable food items for the Central PA Food Bank.

Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Russell Redding and members of the department’s executive team will be volunteering at Leg Up Farm, a therapeutic riding facility in Mt. Wolf, while other members of the department will volunteer at animal shelters, collect personal care items for food pantries and bring cold drinks to construction crews.

Companies and organizations are working to coordinate ways to participate in 1-4-3 Day. The Phillie Phanatic and the Pirate Parrot released a video demonstrating acts of kindness. The song featured in the video, “It’s a Beautiful Day,” was donated by artist FRZY who composed it to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.

Ridesharing company Lyft Inc. announced it will provide Pittsburgh Cares volunteers rides for $1.43. Organic chicken producer Bell & Evans plans to distribute its Bell & Evans Kindness Rocks at businesses in the Lancaster, Berks and Lebanon County area.

Capital BlueCross is encouraging individuals to drop off a hygiene product at one of their Capital Blue health and wellness centers, located at 4500 Marketplace Way, Enola, and 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley. In exchange for a hygiene product, individuals will receive a treat from Capital Blue. Collected hygiene products will be donated to Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley Foundation.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in 1-4-3 Day through simple acts of kindness. The state’s website will be home to a “Kindness Generator” at pa.gov/143-day, and a “Kindness Tracker” will tally good deeds and kind gestures Pennsylvanians do throughout the day. Residents are also encouraged to use #143DayInPA on social media to share and help spread the movement.

For an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Fred Rogers, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office invites travelers to experience the Fred Rogers Trail, at visitPA.com/fredrogers, which includes stops in his hometown of Latrobe and Pittsburgh, where he filmed his iconic television show.

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