We are blessed with heroes this week from near and far. They are our neighbors -- some young, some older. All have made a difference in our lives in many ways and we thank them for their service.

Troop support

Participants with Sewing for our Troops, who stitch up personal-sized quilts for severely wounded military personnel as well as baby blankets to donate to needy military families, welcome anyone who wants to help. Membership in Blue Star Moms is not required). If you know how to sew -- great! If not, members will teach you!

The group meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of the month (except November and December), at Bethany Baptist Church, 5850 Alhambra Ave., in Martinez.

Those interested should bring their creativity, a lunch, and if they like, a dessert to share. For more information, call Mary O'Keefe at 925-689-5947.

Help CHP officer's family

California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, 37, a married father of four from Cordelia and a seven-year CHP veteran, was killed in the line of duty this month in Alamo.

Neighborhood banks have set up accounts to benefit his family.

Wells Fargo tellers will accept donations for the Kenyon Marc Youngstrom Children's Benefit Memorial Fund.

Mechanics Bank tellers direct that funds be contributed to the trust account in his name. Checks payable to: "For Benefit of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom" can also be mailed to Mechanics Bank, 1350 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

A Tale of Two Cities

The cities of Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek have been awarded the prestigious Helen Putnam Award of Excellence by the League of California Cities.

The joint award was presented at the annual league conference on Sept. 5, in San Diego to Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Michael Harris and Walnut Creek City Councilwoman Cindy Silva.

The two cities received the Helen Putnam Award for their work in hosting "Community Service Day" each year in their respective cities.

Pleasant Hill started its Community Service Day in 2005 and will be hosting the eighth annual event this year on Sept. 22.

Walnut Creek staged its inaugural Community Service Day in October 2011, with nearly 1,000 volunteers working on 42 projects throughout the community. This year's event in Walnut Creek takes place Saturday, Oct. 6.

"In both cities, Community Service Day has increased civic pride and demonstrated that people want to get involved and give back to their community. Community Service Day has proven that the power of human energy is unbeatable," said Harris.

Over seven years, approximately 6,000 volunteers have participated, logging more than 25,000 volunteer hours in Pleasant Hill, and 4,500 in Walnut Creek.

More than 20 businesses in each community have either sponsored or supported the event through financial or in-kind contributions. Nineteen local schools, Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs, and 23 other community organizations have participated in the annual events.

"The bottom-line objective for both of our cities was to create a single-day event that would engage our communities, introduce volunteers to new opportunities, and create lasting impact," said Cindy Silva. "Community Service Day has done just that in its first year in Walnut Creek."

CSD in both cities is now a well-recognized annual event where many hundreds of volunteers gather to give back to their community by working on a variety of projects ranging from school and creek cleanups, food drives, bicycle repair, blood donations, landscaping, tree planting and organic gardening, painting and much more.

For more information on this year's projects or to sign up for CSD in Pleasant Hill go to www.pleasant-hill.net/volunteer.

To find out more about CSD in Walnut Creek and to sign up as a volunteer, go to www.walnut-creek.org/service.

Constitution Week

This year is the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787.

To recognize the event, the Anne Lucks Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is displaying copies of the U.S. Constitution to bring attention to the document during Constitution Week from Sept. 17-23, said Peggy Ransdell, chapter press chairman, in a news release.

Displays will be at the Antioch and Clayton public libraries in September; the Pittsburg Library from mid-September to mid-October; and the Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek and Concord Library in October.

School assistance

Assistance League of Diablo Valley received a generous donation from its corporate partner, Wells Fargo, to benefit its philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell, which outfits elementary schoolchildren for a more successful school experience. In 2011-2012, Operation School Bell provided clothes and shoes for 3,697 young students.

Wells Fargo employee volunteers have served as personal shoppers, helping kids select a jacket, sweatshirt, two pairs of pants for boys or one pair of pants and one skort (upon request) for the girls, three white polo shirts, six pairs of socks and underwear, and a shoe gift card from Payless. Wells Fargo's annual involvement has encouraged each student to "emerge a stronger self."

Recently, Stephen Hitchcock, Wells Fargo senior vice president, district manager presented a $5,000 check to Assistance League of Diablo Valley president Linda Mercer. To learn more about Assistance League of Diablo Valley's corporate partnership program, visit diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.

Rubber duckie party

Rubber duckies will take over Great America's Great Barrier Reef Wave Pool at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, for a party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts.

The top two winning ducks will receive a new iPad! Check out "100 Years of Fun," a special area where girls can play the most popular games from each decade of the last century, then spend the day at Great America enjoying the rides.

Great America ticket holders can purchase a duck online for $20. Those who cannot attend can show support and purchase a duck ticket for $20 and have a chance to win special prizes.

Cost includes morning activities, duck entry, patch and the admission ticket to California's Great America. The day does not include lunch or parking.

Proceeds from the rubber duckie event will benefit Girl Scouts of Northern California. Register at www.cagreatamerica.com/gsducky.

Appraisal fundraiser

Prudential California Realty of Walnut Creek and the Elks Lodge of Walnut Creek will sponsor a Bonhams and Butterfields antique appraisal and consignment event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Elks Lodge, 1475 Creekside Drive in Walnut Creek.

Elk volunteers will be on hand to help carry your items from your car into the lodge.

Participants will have an option to consign and sell at auction or may have two items of fine art, silver, furniture, decorative arts, books and manuscripts appraised for $10. There is no appraisal for antiquities (ancient Roman or Greek), coins or bank notes, entertainment or sports memorabilia, musical instruments, stamps, watches, dolls, jewelry or toys.

All proceeds will benefit the Purple Pig Charity of the Elks Lodge of Walnut Creek for developmentally and physically handicapped children.

There will be food and drinks and fun for all participants. RSVP to Kathryn Sabah at kathryn.sabah@pruca.com.

Fall prevention

The Fall Prevention Program, part of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, will hold its annual Walk for Fall Prevention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at 500 Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill.

The event will include a short walk and a resource fair for seniors (free for those over age 60), their caregivers and their families.

There will be a free breakfast, free goody bags to first 250 registered walkers, music and vendor booths.

To purchase tickets or for other information about the program, visit www.mowsos.org or call 925- 937-8311.

"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to goodneighbors@bayareanewsgroup.com.