Last year, the special giving at Mennonite Central Committee's annual Gap Relief sale helped fund emergency efforts in the Ukraine.
This year, the donation will go to assist MCC's mobile canning unit. The unit, which travels throughout the United States and into Canada every year, cans meat to be used in MCC's relief efforts. During this past season, the canner put up more than 700,000 24-ounce cans.
Joe Miller will talk about the canning unit's work during the first evening of the annual sale. Following Miller's talk at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9, the offering will be taken.
After dedicating their special offering to a domestic program last year, organizers of the Gap Relief Sale will be asking donors to help fund one of Mennonite Central Committee's efforts in Haiti.
Ken Sensenig will talk about MCC's work replanting forests in the island nation, one of the group's many missions in the country.
Before the auction gets underway each year, organizers of the annual Gap Relief Auction take up a special offering.
In years past, the money has gone to help develop water supplies for African villages and work with people from former communist countries in Eastern Europe.
This year, the special offering will be spent much closer to the Southern End. The money raised on Friday night, August 14, will help fund programs for children in nearby Philadelphia.