Mennonite Relief Sale going online-only due to COVID-19

Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale volunteers hold the People’s Choice quilt during the 2012 quilt auction at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Pavilion. The quilt and craft auction are online-only this year, due to COVID-19. (Bonnie Vculek / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — This year’s Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale will be a combination of online auctions and small, local church events, in place of the usual large gathering at Chisholm Trail Expo Center, due to concerns over COVID-19.

Oklahoma Mennonite Re­­lief Sale is one of 46 relief sales each year in the United States and Canada, all of which raise money for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worldwide disaster and relief efforts, according to the event website.

Luella Unruh, co-chair of this year’s sale, said this year the Oklahoma sale will include an online quilt and craft auction, Oct. 19 to Nov. 5, and an in-person auction item preview event and bake sale, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 25 at Enid Mennonite Brethren Church, 2500 N. Van Buren.

Online auctioning will be at http://www.okreliefsale.com.

Unruh said the crafts and handmade quilts people seek out at the sale each year will be available for purchase in the online auction, and a limited amount of pepper nuts, noodles, apple butter, craft items and other baked goods will be available for sale at the Oct. 25 event at Enid MBC.

Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church also is selling the German sausage many people wait all year to buy at the Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale.

All money from the sausage sales goes to Mennonite Central Committee for worldwide relief efforts.

Each sausage package is two pounds, either coiled or patty, and each package is $8.

Sausage orders must be received, with payment, by Oct. 19, mailed to LaVonda White, 902 Jester, Fairview, OK 73737. Include your name and phone number with the order and payment.

All sausage orders must be picked up in person, 6-7 p.m. Nov. 5, at Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church, 1600 East State, in Fairview.

Unruh said donations also can be made at http://www.okreliefsale.com to support the MCC.

For those who normally buy Christmas gifts at the relief sale to support MCC relief efforts, MCC offers online, at https://mcc.org/christmas#!, a variety of gifts that can be given in a loved one’s name to families in need around the world, from a brood of chicks to an entire well for a village.

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