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March Madness. March Sadness. March Gladness?

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(Reading) — College basketball’s March Madness can often lead to March sadness when you fail to pick the right upsets in the tournament, but a midstate group hopes to add another option this month.

They call it March Gladness.

Through the Reading Berks Conference of Churches, groups are organizing events to give back to the community, like free dinners, food drives, or even free car maintenance for single mothers.

“Just a lot of difference in the cultures and in the needs of each community, so in each community when they think about what is really the most needed, how they can make the biggest impact, I think there’s going to be a lot of variety as we see things come through this whole project,” says Claire Young, executive director of the conference.

Young credits a board member for coming up with March Gladness during a brainstorming session.

“I keep hearing about other projects that churches haven’t told me they’re doing a project and then I suddenly I hear about it, so it’s kinda fun, it’s sort of surprising to see how far this is going. It’s really rather exciting,” she adds.

She hopes people who get help during the event walk away with a new interest in the church.

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