Yardley and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yardley were recently named one of the “Top 50 Nicest Places in America” and the No. 1 “Nicest Place in PA” by Reader’s Digest.
Now, with the public’s help, Yardley and St. Andrew’s can take home the honor of “Nicest Place in America.”
Yardley/St. Andrew’s was nominated based on St. Andrew’s work with Caring for Friends, as well as its garden ministry and arts programs.
“For nearly four decades, on the third Sunday of every month, St. Andrew’s parishioners have been meeting in the church parish house and assembling meals for elderly and shut-in residents of the five-county Philadelphia area,” Reader’s Digest writes on its profile page of St. Andrew’s. “The coronavirus ended their proud 37-year streak. But church members figured out a way to continue their essential service, just as the need skyrocketed.
“Caring for Friends, the organization that distributes the meals, came up with the idea for the parishioners to make meals in their homes. They enlisted neighbors to help, and pretty soon the volunteers were cranking out 1,000 meals and 400 containers of soup each week – almost 10 times more food than before.”
To select the winner, Reader’s Digest will be looking at the comments left on the profile and the number of “applause” each profile gets.
Community members can do three things to help St. Andrew’s win:
- Go to the profile and enter a comment on the bottom of the page about why they think Yardley and St. Andrew’s are great. Reader’s Digest will be counting the number of comments and reading what people write.
- On the profile, there is an icon of hands clapping at the top and bottom; click these “applause” as many times as he or she likes.
- Share the profile on social media or by email with friends, and ask them to comment and give applause. Supporters are also encouraged to include something about why they think St. Andrew’s should win (which could be the same as the comment left on the profile) so people are moved to vote.