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When times are tough, it’s probably a good time to go back to one of America’s most respected and revered voices: Mr. Rogers. And, let’s face it. We’ve had some tough times in 2020.

I’m not even exactly sure what to call Fred Rogers. He was more than a TV personality. To multiple generations of Americans from all backgrounds, he became a teacher, guru, attitude coach, theologian and maybe even a long-distance friend.

And while he’s famous for asking people to be his neighbor or telling people he likes them “just the way they are,” this year I believe one of his messages rings through especially strong.

Throughout his time on PBS and especially in his appearances after the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001, he would remind viewers of what his mother told him to do in a bad situation: look for the helpers.