HESSTON, Kan. (May 23, 2022) On Thursday evening, May 19th, the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale held its Annual Meeting at Hesston Mennonite Church. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of $700,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States Office. This amount represents the single largest donation by the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale. The origins of MCC may help explain why this year’s sale carried extra meaning for some.
Over 100 years ago, Mennonites in the United States came together to form a ministry called Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to respond to a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
There were some natural connections to Ukraine as many Mennonite families had immigrated from that region to the United States in the last half of the 19th century.
The vision for MCC continued to expand and the work of MCC to respond to basic human needs and work for peace and justice now stretches around the world.
For the past 50 years, each April, the various Mennonite and Anabaptist churches in Kansas have come together to hold a Relief Sale to support the work of MCC. This event is the 2nd largest event held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, with an estimated two-day attendance of 20,000. The event includes multiple auctions, including a Quilt auction, General Auction, Silent Auction, and many other booths and food options.
KMRS Board Chair Jim Robb noted, “In today’s world, there is much that divides us. This Annual Relief Sale is an opportunity for a diverse group of churches to unite around something bigger than ourselves. We believe that God loves us and calls us to share that love with others.”
The money donated to MCC will be used to help with the Ukrainian refugee situation but will also be used to help meet the worldwide needs of relief, development, and peace in over 50 countries around the world.
Next year’s Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale will be on April 14 and 15 at the Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.