How it all started…

Relief Sales are the result of grassroots movements across the United States to promote and raise funds for MCC. A group of Kansans organized and formed the Mid-Kansas Relief Sale. This was in 1968 and the first sale was in Hillsboro at the Marion County Fairgrounds. The space was deemed too small and crowded for all of the activities people wanted to provide. After two years the sale was moved to Newton mostly outside and using tents. It rained the week before the sale and the tents and the area flooded making it a less than worthwhile experience. Because of a connection with the Kansas State Fair the Sale was moved to the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Approximately 70 churches across Kansas are on the roster. The purpose at the beginning and still today is to support and raise funds for MCC and MCC alone. This year we celebrate 50 years of successful fundraising to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee.