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Letter from Chairman, Jim Robb

Monday, March 16, 2020

Yesterday, March 15, the CDC implemented a new guideline limiting the size of public gatherings to no more than 50 people. This guideline will  be in place for 8 weeks. This morning, I verified this guideline with the Reno County Health Department.  The dates of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, April 17 and 18, fall with-in that 8 week period. Therefore, we are canceling the 2020 Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale because of the dangers posed by the contagious nature of the coronavirus, also know as COVID-19. This cancellation is beyond our control.  We are sorry about this situation.

We thank you, as supporting churches, sale committees, and donors for the generosity and hard work that you have put into this sale.  It is hard, after 50 years of sales, to not come together as a community to support MCC.

The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Board will be meeting in the coming weeks, to discuss how we will support the work of the Mennonite Central Committee. The cancellations of several sales and programs has put a damper on the MCC Centennial Celebrations. We ask for your prayers for guidance as we discuss and plan the next steps for the continued investment and support of the Mennonite Central Committee.

It is with sadness we acknowledge the emptiness that many of us feel as we have come to this decision. Please consider continuing to invest and support MCC through the 1000 for $1000 fund raising program, through your prayers and by your continued kindness to all.

We will continue to be in touch with you, the “sale family” that as acted as representatives of Jesus, to help the world be a better place.

Blessings to you
Jim Robb

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