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MCC Thrift Shop donation aids Warman food bank

A donation of $3,000 was made to the Warman Food Bank’s Christmas campaign by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop in Warman on Tuesday, November 30. (Left to right) MCC Thrift Shop Board member Kathy Braun, Warman Ministerial Association member Kendall Shram, Thrift Shop Board member Chris Shane, MCC Saskatchewan Thrift Shop Coordinator Fiseko Musonda, Thrift Shop Board member Rochella Fehr, Thrift Shop Co-Manager Sheila Friesen and Thrift Shop Co-Manager Maria Guenter.
A donation of $3,000 was made to the Warman Food Bank’s Christmas campaign by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop in Warman on Tuesday, November 30. (Left to right) MCC Thrift Shop Board member Kathy Braun, Warman Ministerial Association member Kendall Shram, Thrift Shop Board member Chris Shane, MCC Saskatchewan Thrift Shop Coordinator Fiseko Musonda, Thrift Shop Board member Rochella Fehr, Thrift Shop Co-Manager Sheila Friesen and Thrift Shop Co-Manager Maria Guenter.

A $3,000 donation from the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop in Warman will go a long way toward helping the community’s local Christmas food bank campaign, according to Kendall Shram, a pastor with the Awakening Church in Warman.
“Absolutely, it will help quite a lot of disenfranchised families in this community who may be struggling at this time of year,” said Shram. “With the economy being the way it is right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the number of families in need has gone up a bit this year.”
The Warman Food Bank is a charitable volunteer agency that operates under the auspices of the Warman Ministerial Association, made up of a number of churches in the community.
The MCC Thrift Shop in Warman is one of several throughout the province. Thrift Shop co-manager Sheila Friesen said the funds raised at the store are used to support the MCC’s charitable efforts both locally and globally.
“We’re allowed to donate up to $5,000 annually to local charities after our expenses are covered,” said Friesen. “We felt the Warman Food Bank is something that is worthy of this kind of support. It helps up to 50 families that are in need of assistance throughout the year, not just at Christmas time.
“The board of the local store felt it was a good investment in the community.”
Shram said the Warman Food Bank provides grocery store vouchers to families in need of asstance.
“We used to prepare food baskets in the past, but it was very labour intensive and a lot of times it didn’t really meet the specific needs of the families that reeived the baskets,” said Shram.
The recent Warman Christmas Carol Festival, organized by the Ministerial Association, is a major fundraiser for the food bank initiative, said Shram. He added that donations from private individuals and businesses are also important in ensuring its ongoing viability.