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Thousands Of Nametags Reportedly Handed Out For ‘Nametag Day’

Fundraising Has Already Begun For 'Nametag Day' Next Year
Woman Puts On Name Tag

A single New Yorker puts on her name tag before an 8 Minute Dating speed dating event May 27, 2003 in New York City. (Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The organizers of the first-ever New York City “Nametag Day” said it turned out to be an “incredible” day.

Organizers, led by Williamsburg filmmaker Michael Morgenstern, held Nametag Day in the city on Saturday. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., volunteers all around the city handed out tens of thousands of nametags in an effort to “encourage New Yorkers to talk to each other more and make the city friendlier.”

On Sunday, organizers said they ended up handing out “thousands” of nametags, “bringing smiles across NYC. Thanks to everyone who helped make this an incredible day.”

Organizers hoped to encourage people to interact who otherwise might not, and break down social, demographic and other barriers that might stand in the way of friendliness.

“A nametag is more than a name. It says, ‘Hi! I want to talk to you,’” Morgenstern said in a news release in April. “That openness propagates outward exponentially over time to make a happier city. Think of the number of conversations or joyfully spontaneous interactions that will be had by everyone who takes a name tag.”

Organizers are already raising funds for another Nametag Day next year. As of Sunday, they had already raised $4,000.

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