50th Anniversary Photographic History Book

book cover_Page_1For the Least of These: 50 Years of the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale: A Photographic History 1967-2016 is a limited edition book that was published in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale.

The 81-page book contains more than 350 pictures covering the span of the 50 years. The book includes a pictorial history of the sale, past directors, stories of long-time volunteers, statistics, and food – even the famous donut recipe!

Karen Gonzol, a church rep from Stephens City Mennonite Church, volunteered to compile the book. She started by going to the archives at EMU and connecting with people who knew others with information, stories, and photos. “Soon I became intrigued with what I was finding,” Karen said. “I wanted to get as much of the story of the sale as I could find!”

Thank you to Karen for donating hours and hours of time into the project and for all the others who contributed stories, information, and pictures.

If you would like to purchase a book, they are available to pick up at Gift & Thrift or Artisans Hope for $15. To receive a book by mail ($20 to cover shipping cost), please email info@vareliefsale.com.