A little can do a lot!
My Coins Count is a fun and easy way to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMM) by collecting coins in a container in your church, school, home or business. Bring the coins to the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale by 9 am on October 5. The coins are then sorted by volunteers and staff from Park View Federal Credit Union, who calculate the total value from each congregation. Currency and checks are also welcome.
A few coins plus a few more coins plus a few more coins adds up to a lot of coins! And when a lot of coins are put together they can make big changes.
- $10 provides food for a family of 7 for one week in Kenya
- $26 gives a student the required school uniform and helps buy math, science, history and language workbooks
- $48 provides irrigation for garden plots growing fruits and vegetables for one family in Bolivia
- $51 helps cover 3 months of anti-retroviral treatment for a person in Nigeria suffering from AIDS
2019 funds will be used for:
To be determined
This year a portion of the special project funds will given to LOVE INC and New Bridges Immigrant Resource Center.
Sharing our Surplus (SOS) Campaign
This is an initiative to dramatically increase the money raised for MCC refugee relief by encouraging everyone to spend generously for food, auction and other items at the Relief Sale, then to match or multiply that amount with a cash, check or credit card donation at the SOS table in the Auction building. In this way we can add significantly to the $41,000 SOS giving in 2017.
In the light of the desperate needs of the 1 in 110 of the world’s men, women and children who have been forced from their homes by famine, war and other forms of violence, we encourage relief sale attendees to give in the spirit of Jubilee, over and above their regular tithes and offerings. Here’s a link to a blog post by SOS chair Harvey Yoder on this challenge. You can also donate online.