Why Relief Sales?

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How did Relief Sales begin?

The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale began in 1966. The sale was started by a group of dedicated individuals who wanted to aid Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in world relief. The first sale sold livestock, farm machinery, gravel, coal, new bicycles, eggs, and household goods. There were about 3,000 in attendance and the sale raised $6000.

Donations and volunteers

The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale has a policy of selling only what is donated by individuals, Sunday School classes, churches or other groups. Since its humble beginnings, the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale has continued in its efforts to support relief to those in need around the world.

What is Mennonite Central Committee?

MCC was born in the United States in the shadow of World War I. It was a difficult time for the pacifist Mennonites as many remained faithful to their beliefs and refused to participate in the war effort. In the giving of "material aid", some Mennonites felt they could again be seen as patriotic Americans.

Being of the conviction that - in order to be genuine- love must show itself in action, American Mennonites formed what became known as Mennonite Central Committee in 1920 to meet the needs of suffering fellow Mennonites in Russia. Tons of food and supplies were shipped overseas.

By 1940 MCC began a growth period in response to the agony of war and concern for peace. Since that time the concern for suffering humanity by Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations spread rapidly to include services to people in need throughout the world. As of 2009, about 1,000 people work in more than 50 countries around the world. MCC is currently involved in: overseas development (education, health, agriculture), peace and justice issues, relief work, employment development both in North America and overseas, immigration and refugee assistance and more.

To learn more about the history of MCC and additional information click here.