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September 20, 2007

Relief sale begins Friday

Celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this weekend, the shouts of a lively quilt auction and the smells of apple fritters, chicken barbecue and homemade pie will fill the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds for the annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale.

Proceeds from the sale go to the Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide relief agency.

Each year all over North America, thousands of volunteers come together to raise money to be distributed through MCC for the relief of suffering in the world. More than $5.4 million was raised in 2006 with 85 percent sent to the field; with nearly 30,000 persons attending, the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale raised $575,000 in 2006, according to MCC officials.

MCC officials said the agency has worked for more than 88 years with local partners, churches and communities around the world in the name of Christ, striving to demonstrate God’s love by working among people suffering from poverty, conflict and oppression. Each year, MCC continues its work around the world, both providing ongoing support to other local agencies internationally and domestically and responding to disasters and conflict.

Most recently, MCC has provided aid to earthquake survivors in Peru and flood victims in Bangladesh and Nepal, soymilk for malnourished children in North Korea and support for local initiatives in New Orleans.

This year, beginning Friday with an open house from 5-9 p.m., and then continuing on Saturday with the sale day from 6 a.m. to mid-afternoon, the relief sale will again offer something for everyone: five auctions, a smorgasbord of foods, a fair trade coffeehouse, a worship service, a run/walk for relief, and a sale area with donated homemade crafts, homegrown items and merchandise from Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit program of MCC which creates income for about 30,000 artisans from 33 developing nations. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Camping sites are also available.

For more information about the 40th annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, visit the MCC Web site at www.mennonitesale.org.

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