Your generosity makes the Mennonite Michiana Relief Sale possible. There are many ways to give: from quilts to cupcakes and everything in between. On this page:

Online Auction

All donors will be recognized on the website! Suggested donations:

  • Collectibles & memorabilia

  • Handmade art pieces

  • Handcrafted furniture and toys

  • Home decor

  • Themed gift baskets*

  • Meals

  • Lawn/garden equipment

  • Outdoor recreational items

  • Unique skills & experiences

  • Gift certificates

  • Cabin/B&B rentals

  • Sponsor this event

Get ideas for what best raises money to support MCC in helping refugees by looking at our website: http://charityauction.bid/MCCsale2019

Donated items must be new, with the exception of unique collectables and antiques in good condition. Each item must have a minimum value of $50.

Registration for the Online Auction begins August 1. (Go to http://charityauction.bid/MCCsale2019 and click on “Register as a bidder.”) Bidding begins on Friday, September 20, and ends Saturday, September 28 at 11:30 a.m. Pick up your items between 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. at Building F at the Relief Sale.

*Creating themed gift baskets to donate is a fun activity for Sunday school classes, small groups, ministry teams, etc. If you would like to donate gift baskets, you must contact Jep Hostetler (see contact info below).

Donations to the Online Auction must be received by Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. The Online Auction is not able to accept donations during the sale weekend.

To volunteer or donate, contact Jep Hostetler at 574-537-3762 or hostetlerjep@gmail.com. Thank you!


Children's Auction

Donate new or clean, gently-used children's toys with lead-free paint, e.g.

  • Outdoor toys

  • Bicycles

  • Art sets

  • Imitation play sets

  • Dolls

  • Legos & blocks

  • Cars

  • Books

  • Games

All donations must be made before the start of the auction on Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm.

To donate, contact Patti Smucker MacGregor at smucker@outlook.com or call 630-776-6849.


Garage Sale

We welcome your donations of gently used items, or new items which you have but for which you have no use. Popular items at the garage sale are books, household items, puzzles, tools, antiques, toys, and baby items (strollers, changing tables, and other sturdy items) and baby clothing, bath and layette sets. Please limit your donation of clothing items to baby and toddler size, up to 6x. Adult and older children’s clothing does not sell.

For more information, or if you wish to help out at the Garage Sale immediately before and during the Sale, please contact Phil Yoder at (574) 294-2033.


Quilts & Blankets

Use the online donation form or downloadable donation form to register your quilt or blanket for the auction. Thank you!


Crafts

We need high quality new and handmade art and craft donations.  We sell many different types of art and crafts, including, but definitely not limited to:

  • woodworking

  • comforters/quilts/afghans/etc

  • decorative pillows

  • home decor

  • knitted items

  • baby and children’s clothing/toys/blankets/etc

  • kitchen decor and crafts or tools (i.e. table runners, hot pads, aprons, towels, etc. )

Craft items for children to purchase for $2 or less (i.e., trains made out of candy, simple toys, etc.) Craft items must be delivered directly to the Community Building just inside the Main Gate and to the left.

All items should be delivered on the Friday the sale begins, preferably between 8am and 12 noon.  Earlier is better, as it takes a lot of volunteer work and coordination to sort, display and price items before the beginning of the sale.

As much as possible, please tag your items with a removable tag that includes information like sizing, price suggestions, and directions for how an item is to be used (especially if the item has a unique purpose that may not be obvious without directions).  The people responsible for pricing your item may change the price on your item and we always try to tag items with our own craft sale tags, but your suggestions give us a good place to start!

If you have further questions or would be willing to volunteer to help in one of our craft booths, please contact Laura Shue at 574-536-4549 or lauralanaes@gmail.com

The Sewing Box

The Sewing Box welcomes your donated quilt and craft related items throughout the year. Those used/unused/unfinished items no longer needed in your quilt/sewing closet can be given to the Sewing Box!

Consider donating:

  • Finished/unfinished quilt tops

  • Unfinished quilt blocks

  • Old and damaged quilts

  • Quilt supplies and tools

  • Quilt or craft books and magazines

  • Quilt patterns

  • Notions-buttons, scissors, thread, thimbles, trims, sewing baskets

  • Yarn (full or partial skeins), embroidery floss, knit crochet

  • Unfinished craft projects/kits

  • Fabric – cotton, flannel, poly-cotton, crazy quilt (satin, velvet, etc.)

  • Sewing cabinets

  • Quilting frames and stencils

If you have questions, or items to donate and would like to arrange a pick-up, contact Anita Snyder at 574-642-4422. You may also donate by bringing your items directly to the sale on Friday morning, Sept. 27.

We are located in the building directly north of the Quilt Auction building. Sales will begin on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m and Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Baked Goods

We're now selling baked goods on Friday evening, so by Saturday morning we have a minimal selection remaining. Please encourage your congregation to do more baking!

Call one of the following people to pick up baking containers, e.g. roll pans, pie pans, cookie trays, noodle & bread bags. Please call before arriving so they have time to get it ready for you. 

  • Mary Sue Miller (574)-333-1933, 1008 Mervin St. Goshen, Indiana

  • Esther Miller, (260) 350-1148, 1165 S. SR 5, Topeka, IN 46571

  • Joyce Blucher, (574) 773-4407, 26170 CR 50, Nappanee, IN 46550

Baking checklist:

  • Ensure rolls and pies are completely baked, and double-bag all noodles.

  • Please return all unused containers, so we'll know how many to order for next year.

  • List your church's name and all ingredients on the label.

  • Remind your volunteers to bring in their fresh produce by Friday noon.

  • New this year: NO margarine as ingredient this year.

Thank you for your continued involvement and support! We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have questions or suggestions concerning a food project, please contact Anna Miller at (574) 538-7726 or by email at millergaryok@msn.com.

  • Board member, Anna Miller, (574) 538-7726

  • Food chair, Joy Miller 717-250-8197

  • Assistant Chair, Lillian Hochstetler (574) 312 5818

  • Food coordinators:
    Jayne Martin, (574) 238-2689
    Lisa Weaver, (574) 361-1587
    Karen Graybill 574-971-6623
    Barb Christophel, (574) 875-3923

Fund-Raising Banquet

Each year it costs approximately $130,000 to hold the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale. The Relief Sale Board hosts a fund-raising banquet to help cover these costs.

This year’s banquet will be Thursday, August 15 at the Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center in Middlebury, Indiana. The Grace*ful Singers will perform, and the speaker will be Ron Byler, Executive Director of MCC U.S.

We would like to invite you to help make a difference by being a table host for our annual dinner, or by purchasing individual tickets to attend. As table host, you will provide for the cost of the meal for your table of eight people, including yourself and those you invite. We also invite members of Sunday School classes and small groups to consider purchasing tables or tickets and attending together as a fun social event that also helps the Sale.

See the form here for details of the cost and schedule for the evening. To register: print the form here, and complete and return to Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, P.O. Box 243, Goshen, Indiana, 46527-0243. Checks can be made out to Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale (Include a check with form or pay when you attend).

OR call 888-503-8559 or email mennonitesale@yahoo.com to reserve space.

The deadline to reserve space is August 1.

Make a monetary gift

Just use our secure donation form to pay with credit card or your bank account. Monetary donations made by mail can be sent to MMRS PO Box 243, Goshen, IN 46527. You can also contact Dayton Frey at dgfrey@frontier.com or call the Relief Sale office at 888-503-8559. Thanks!