Columbia has been named by Reader's Digest as the nicest place in Missouri and is now competing to become the nicest place in America.

Columbia is competing against cities from across the United States. Anyone can vote on the Reader's Digest website until July 21.

Living in the nicest places in America means "you live in communities that are committed to kindness, trust and health," according to the Reader's Digest website.

Columbia was chosen in recognition of the work of local nonprofit Children's Grove, which nominated the city.

Children’s Grove began with a memorial garden dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

The organization offers a variety of programs for youths, including Youth Mental Health First Aid training, and has introduced kindness libraries in Boone County schools and social service organizations, invited speakers on mental health, supported kindness ambassadors in the schools and hosted an annual Acts of Kindness Week.

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