Donation to MCC relief efforts kicks off season of giving

A $30,000 donation from the Warman Thrift Shop will go to assist Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) humanitarian relief efforts around the world.

“We make donations all year to MCC, usually on a monthly basis, as part of our mandate,” said Warman Thrift Shop co-manager Sheila Friesen at the cheque presentation on Wednesday, October 3. “But this is a much larger amount, over and above the funds that we usually provide.”

Fiseko Musonda, MCC Thrift Shop Coordinator for Saskatchewan, said the funds will be earmarked to countries and projects that are most in need of immediate financial assistance.

“Donations like this one support people in dire situations, who really need help,” said Musonda. “They may be recovering from an environmental disaster, or a serious political situation like a war or civil conflict, or it may also go to high-priority development and peace work.”

The donation also helped remind people that with the Christmas shopping season just around the corner, the six MCC Thrift Shops across the province are launching a Christmas gift-giving campaign.

Musonda said donors can “buy a gift through the campaign” and designate their contribution to a specific type of MCC project, such as agricultural or vocational training, sports, food, clean water and sanitary facilities, and food production.

“In return the gift-giver gets a card addressed to whoever they’re buying it on behalf of,” said Musonda. “It’s a very personalized type of campaign that brings it very close to home.”

Musonda said the MCC currently has humanitarian relief projects underway in over 50 countries around the world.