All are welcome to attend the 44th annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale (KMRS) at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson April 12 & 13. Parking and admission is free. All are welcome to freely enjoy a wide-range of activities.
Each year all over North America, thousands of volunteers come together to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for the relief of suffering in the world. Over $6 million Cdn./$5 million U.S. was raised in 2005 with 88 percent sent to the field.In 2006, Relief Sales raised 5,369,519-an increase of 11%.
These festivals/auctions offer a little bit of everything - quilts, artwork, crafted woodwork, homemade foods, antiques and crafts. Often there is music and lots of fun activities for kids including an auction just for them. There are around 40 Relief Sales in North America. Go to www.mcc.org/reliefsales or reliefsales.mcc.org/sales for a complete listing.
The main events at the Kansas sale include: Children's, General, Quilt and Silent Auctions; Friday night musical program; the Feeding of the Multitude -- a German buffet; the Children's Activity Center located in the Pride of Kansas; International and local Crafts; plants; and a wide variety of food booths.
The money generated by the KMRS supports the work of Mennonite Central Committee, a world-relief organization. For more information about programs MCC supports go to www.mcc.org.
Did you know that MCC was the winner of the St. Boniface Award in 2000, the Global Citizenship Award in 2004 and is listed in the top 500 non-profit organizations named by the American Philanthropy Institute (www.charitywatch.org), with a solid 'A' rating?
In API's view, a reasonable percentage to spend on programs is 60% or greater.
They give high grades to organizations that put 75% or more towards program costs.
MCC puts an average of 85% towards program costs!
Over 70 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and Amish congregations in Kansas, and friends, donate their gifts and services for this annual event. Through participation in the Kansas Relief Sale, we share our resources to mend a broken world. We send food to satisfy hunger, clothing to warm the cold, and compassionate people to help build self esteem and community. More information about the Kansas Sale is located here.
For more information about MCC call or write to 21 South 12th St., PO Box 500 Akron, PA 17501-0500 or call 717-859-1151 or toll free 888-563-4676 or go to www.mcc.org. Some photos and materials on this page from www.mcc.org
MCC: Giving the hungry something to eat since 1920
Founded in 1920 Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is the relief, service and development agency of North American Mennonites and Brethren in Christ.
MCC seeks to demonstrate God's love through committed women and men who work among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster.
Currently over 1300 workers serve in more than 50 countries, including the United States and Canada.
MCC strives for peace, justice and dignity of all people by sharing resources, experiences and faith in Jesus Christ.