Twin Cities Festival and Sale
The Twin Cities Festival and Sale for World Relief is part of this North American network of fundraising events that support the ministry of the MCC. More than $500,000 has been raised for MCC from the previous Twin Cities sales. All items offered for sale have been donated and everyone working at the sale is an unpaid volunteer. More than 200 volunteers each year help make our sale a success.
Why A Relief Sale?
Since the late 1950’s, churches and individuals in the U.S. and Canada have organized relief sales, events, or festivals, to raise money for the relief of suffering around the world. Volunteers work year-round on the planning and people congregate from miles around on the day of the sale.
These relief sales or festivals are usually held over a weekend and often include an auction (including everything from quilts, artwork, wooden products, antique cars, etc.), food stands, children’s activities, musical entertainment, hands on projects and local specialties. Auction bidders may raise the prices of items so that the money paid reflects more than the true value of the goods.
At these sales people are doing more than buying something tangible; they are reaching out to fellow human beings in need. These events give witness to their faith in Christ.
During the year at least 43 relief sales take place in the U.S. and Canada. These sales generated over $5 million for MCC programs in 2011