MCC Global Family: Supporting Education
Most of the funds raised at MCC relief sales go to be used “where it is needed most.” In recent years the Twin Cities Sale has selected a particular MCC program for special emphasis. For twenty minutes (1:00-1:20 this year) we stop selling things and offer an opportunity to “bid without buying” to support that area.
MCC’s Global Family program partners with local community-based educational programs, focusing on overcoming local barriers to education. The Twin Cities MCC Sale selected projects in three countries where our sponsorships can make a significant difference. Two are newly established initiatives with few sponsors.
Afghanistan. In this war-ravaged country many children must work at nearby carpet factories. Global Family funds cover school costs to allow children to attend
Burkina Faso. This West African country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic has orphaned many children. “Education for Hope” covers school costs and a lunch meal
Syria. In the midst of war and dislocation, children need training for a better future.
We are seeking sponsors at $300 (a little less than a dollar a day) or lesser amounts as you are able to contribute to these projects.
A child learns, a community benefits, lives change.
Penny Power is MCC’s “a lot of little makes a lot” way of encouraging children (and adults, for that matter) to save up small change over the course of the year and turn it in at the annual MCC Sale. Turn in the coins you have collected to the Penny Power table in the hall leading to the cafeteria and see it counted. We will also pass the pails during the live auction at about 1:54 to let you clean out your pockets.
Our Penny Power contributions are split evenly between the Mennonite Central Committee and the orphanages operated by the Mennonite Center of Ukraine. A generous donor will match up to $4,000 donated to the Ukrainian orphanages.
Two Local Partners
Recognizing that there are persons in need right next door, as well as overseas, we have designated two local partner organizations as recipients of support provided at our sale. We will accept financial contributions as auction bids at 3:06 p.m., with the resulting funds divided equally between the two organizations. Both will have tables near the lobby to accept in-kind contributions and to talk about their programs.
The Thanksgiving Day Free Store at 2211 Clinton Avenue South, Minneapolis, offers free warm winter clothing and other essentials to people in need. They especially seek new or gently used winter jackets, winter boots, other warm clothing items, backpacks (day-pack/book-bag size), and also could use new men’s thermal underwear and new men’s cotton crew socks.
The Merrick Community Food Shelf serves the East Side of St. Paul and portions of Maplewood from its 1740 Van Dyke St., St. Paul location. It welcomes donations of nutritious nonperishable foods