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Join PBS Reno for Inaugural Be My Neighbor Day
Free, family-friendly community event to promote early education, health & safety, and more!


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RENO, NV (June 5, 2024)It’s going to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood when PBS Reno hosts its inaugural Be My Neighbor Day, a free community event on Saturday, August 3, 2024, 10am – 2pm, at Idlewild Park in Reno.

Be My Neighbor Day is a family-friendly event promoting early childhood education, health, safety and values highlighted on Daniel Tiger and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Children and parents alike will learn the importance of community-focused kindness and sharing by giving back to the community in which we live. PBS Reno will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our neighbors across northern Nevada and incredible local resources through craft activities and a varied vendor space. Families can have pictures taken with Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat, the stars of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

For this inaugural event, PBS Reno has partnered with The Children’s Cabinet, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, and the RennerVation Foundation to fill the RennerVation Bus with non-perishable food, personal hygiene supplies, and school supplies for the community. The RennerVation Bus will be parked at PBS Reno at 1670 N. Virginia Street in the days leading up to the event to boost collection efforts.

“We hope our community will join us and all the rest of our neighbors for a day of positive interaction, fun, and helping one another, following in the true Fred Rogers tradition,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO.

During the Be My Neighbor Day event on August 3 at Idlewild Park, The Children’s Cabinet will be on site collecting personal hygiene items including:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Full size shampoo/conditioner
  • Travel size deodorant
  • Face wipes
  • Travel size sunscreen/lotion
  • Full size baby shampoo/brush/baby powder/baby wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products

“Community support is at the heart of The Children's Cabinet,” said Kim Young, CEO of The Children’s Cabinet. “Events like Be My Neighbor Day highlight the incredible impact we can have when we come together to support one another. By uniting as neighbors, we not only strengthen our community but also embody the compassionate spirit of Fred Rogers. Together we can make a difference, one neighbor at a time.”

During the Be My Neighbor Day event on August 3 at Idlewild Park, Food Bank of Northern Nevada will collect non-perishable food including:

  • Canned meals: stews, soups, spaghetti/ravioli (low-sodium preferred)
  • Protein: peanut butter, tuna, salmon, chicken, dried or canned beans
  • Grains: whole grain cereal, oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain pasta
  • Fruits: canned (packed in 100% juice or light syrup), dried fruit, applesauce (no sugar added), 100% fruit juice boxes
  • Vegetables: canned (no salt added and/or low-sodium preferred)
  • Dairy: shelf stable milk
  • Baby products: formula, infant cereal, baby food

"We are very pleased to be partnering with PBS Reno for the Be My Neighbor Day event,” said Nicole Lamboley, Food Bank of Northern Nevada President & CEO. “We love activities that help young children find ways to become active in their community. They are our future and community involvement is the only way that we can create healthy neighborhoods for everyone.”

During the Be My Neighbor Day event on August 3 at Idlewild Park, the RennerVation Foundation will collect supplies for teachers including:

  • Notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Index cards
  • Markers
  • Ink pens
  • Sharpies
  • Dry erase markers
  • Tissue boxes
  • Staplers
  • Glue sticks
  • Graph paper
  • Construction paper
  • Post-it notes (small and poster sized)
  • Command Strips
  • Masking tape
  • Hand wipes
  • Color pencils

“Kids need to have opportunities,” said Jeremy Renner, RennerVation Foundation Founder. “When they have opportunities, our communities can grow.”

“Every kid belongs to every one of us,” said Kym Renner, RennerVation Foundation CEO and President. “It takes a village and we are all better together.”

To become a neighbor as a sponsor or a vendor for Be My Neighbor Day, contact PBS Reno Community Partnership Director Diane Barrett at 775.600.0584 or email


About PBS Reno

As of February 2024, PBS Reno is enjoyed by more than 288,000 monthly viewers in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California across several platforms including three broadcast channels (PBS Reno 5.1, Reno Create 5.2, and PBS KIDS on PBS Reno 5.3), a YouTube channel, YouTube TV, online, livestreams, and digital platforms. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-earning, locally-produced content, with many local segments posted weekly to PBS Reno’s YouTube Channel. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Curiosity Classroom Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life with standards-based lessons and activities. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as thousands of individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since September 29, 1983.


About The Children’s Cabinet
Established in Reno in 1985, The Children’s Cabinet exists to keep children safe and families together by offering services and resources that address unmet needs. The organization represents a unique and effective collaboration between the private sector and public agencies in Nevada. The Children’s Cabinet helps more than 15,000 families annually with a wide range of services: basic needs, child care resources, education, work experience programs, crisis intervention, and family counseling. As a non-profit agency, The Children’s Cabinet relies on community support to provide programs and services at no charge to children and their families


About Food Bank of Northern Nevada

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada serves as a distribution hub for 150+ hunger relief organizations throughout a 90,000 square mile area. The organization assists more than 153,000 people each month through a network of 150+ partner agency organizations and direct service programs providing more than 19.3 million meals annually.  Bringing food and hope to 13 counties in Nevada and 10 northern California counties is the everyday goal of the organization.  The fight never stops.  The hope never wanes.  The Food Bank of Northern Nevada celebrates their 40th year of service by imagining a world without hunger. 


About The RennerVation Foundation

The RennerVation Foundation is a youth-focused non-profit, founded by Jeremy Renner, based in Reno, Nevada, established in 2023, with a mission to offer children in foster care and at-risk youth the chance to embrace a childhood filled with joy, growth, and belonging. The RennerVation Foundation is dedicated to serving children in foster care and at-risk youth by providing them with a safe haven and targeted programs to develop their skills, confidence, and opportunities. The RennerVation Foundation believes that every child deserves a chance to thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their circumstances. Through a combination of mentorship, educational support, and enrichment programs, the RennerVation Foundation strives to empower these youth to overcome challenges and build a brighter future. Its keystone program, Camp RennerVation, was created by founder, Jeremy, to offer young individuals an unforgettable summer experience through a week-long camp, nestled in the wilderness of Lake Tahoe. Every year, youth from disadvantaged backgrounds have the opportunity to participate in a week of exciting, educational, and engaging camp and wilderness activities.

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