Reading Terminal visitors share what they're giving up for Lent

Hadas Kuznits
March 06, 2019 - 7:05 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Wednesday is the first day of Lent. So, what are people giving up this year? 

Eddie Adams of Lancaster County got creative this year. "Well, I try to give things up for Lent. I'm starting this year thinking about giving up swearing!" 

Midgie Scarmuzza of Ardmore and Joanna Smith of Elkins Park coincidently had the same idea. I'm trying not to curse," Scarmuzza said. "I'm trying to clean up my language a little better," Smith said. 

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Adams explained how she came to her choice. "I didn't want to give up food, I didn't want to give up sugar, I did not want to give up wine. I did not want to give up anything that I really like so I can give that up!"

Meanwhile, Dan Kelly of Blackwood, N.J. said he wanted to be productive this year for Lent. "Each day for the 40 days of Lent I am taking one thing out of the house that I do not use anymore and giving it to charity."

Kelly said he usually doesn't do Lent, but this year felt different. "I think each year as you get older and you're retired and you don't have as many commitments, it's easier to do charitable things." 

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Lent is a Christian religious observance in preparation for Easter. It continues this year until April 21.