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Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale sends $320,000 to Mennonite Central Committee

Through funds raised during this summer's Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale, the Relief Sale's executive board was able to dole out $320,000 to Mennonite Central Committee.

Hannah S. Miller

At the recent year-end, wrap-up meeting of the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale, the executive board announced that the sale is sending $320,000 to Mennonite Central Committee for the 2017 year.
Sarah Geiser, local church relations associate and material resources coordinator for MCC Great Lakes, opened the meeting with a few stories of MCC’s activities in Jordan.
The breakdown of the various fundraisers at the Relief Sale combined to make a big impact for MCC. The annual wood and tool auction raised just short of $60,000, highlighted by the sale of a John Deere Gator and a Ventrac Tractor with mower deck. My Coins Count, the collection of spare change, brought in over $152,000 from 29 churches in the Northern Ohio area. The funds raised for My Coins Count are designated for MCC’s Water Project, which is used to provide clean water in communities around the world.
The annual quilt auction totaled nearly $71,000, highlighted by the $10,000 sale of a Double Nine Patch quilt pieced by 96-year-old Mary Nussbaum and hand-quilted by her church at Crown Hill Mennonite.
According to Susan Hofstetter, quilt committee chair, one individual buyer purchased 15 Ohio quilts to hang in United States embassies and consulates around the world. Wishing to remain anonymous, the buyer works for the United States State Department and was inspired by the story of MCC and how the organization works in community development around the world.
Hofstetter said the buyer “works with foreign governments to build continuity when a new presidential administration is installed.”
During the meeting she displayed a photo of a 2017 sale quilt, which now hangs in the Russian consulate. Seated in front of the quilt are former Secretary of State John Kerry and a senior journalist from Russia.
The members also took time to honor several key longtime members. Recognized for long-term service with the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale were Roland Geiser, longtime parking coordinator; Jerry Miller, food coordinator; Laurel Horst, who has served multiple terms on the executive board; and Jerry Horst, grounds coordinator who has helped at the sale since he was 5 years old.
It was announced that the 2018 Relief Sale will return to the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, and the meeting ended with the executive board thanking all volunteers, donors and buyers for another successful Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale.
For more information on the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale, visit www.ohiomccreliefsale.org.

Published: December 5, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171139994