A popular postman made a speedy delivery from the neighborhood of make believe to Naperville. Mr. McFeely of Mr. Roger’’ Neighborhood stopped by Washington Jr. High School, bringing some friends along, like X the Owl, Donkie Hodie, and Daniel Tiger. Together they sang songs and celebrated King Friday’s birthday with a number of local families.
McFeely then signed autographs and took pictures with fans young and old before heading next door to the DuPage Children’s Museum. His visits kicked off the winter sweater drive. From now until February 28th, the museum is asking the community to drop off new or gently-used sweaters, like the ones Mr. Rogers himself used to wear. The clothes will then be donated to local charities Hesed House and DuPage Pads.
The Fred Rogers Company started the sweater drive for the 30th anniversary of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood’s television debut. Nationwide, they’ve collected more than 5 million sweaters over the years. This February, David Newell will celebrate 45 years as the beloved McFeely, named after Fred Rogers’ grandfather.
The delivery man also happened to visit during the last day of the Children’s Museum’s temporary “How People Make Things” exhibit, which was created as a tribute to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.
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