The money goes to help people who have been affected by violence like Uganda and Bosnia. Some of the money goes to help work for justice among the people throughout the world, providing food,water, material aid so that they may know some degree of peace.
The auction is always started by the sale of a loaf of homemade bread. This year the loaf of bread was sold for almost $200,000.
We indulged in a bit of ethnic food, sampling the wareneki and farmer sausage. Though I don't have the pictures to prove it, we also enjoyed new years cookies (posted on January 1) and some Rollkuchen and Watermelon, posted some time this summer, and also some plumi moos . .(cold fruit soup).
You can almost guarantee that if you have relatives living in the nearby region, you will run into them at the sale. HI Auntie Mary and Auntie Frances. When we occasionally see each other we feel a little teary. They see my mom in me and I see my mom in them. It's like little glimpses from heaven.
The quilts that are made throughout the year by the MCC quilters are displayed and auctioned off. This year the quilts brought in over $20,000. The Ladies give demonstrations to those passing by. It always amazes me what a labour of love this is.
Terry looked at the long boards that a couple made and donated. The craftsmanship and art on the boards was amazing. Click here to see Lisa's blog and for a closer look at the boards and the process in making them. I lurk on her site just to see her amazing photography.
There was a large booth set up comprising of crafts made around the world and then sold here at fair trade value.
It's amazing how beautiful many of the crafts are that made throughout the third world countries.
There were tables set up with boxes and boxes of stamps to sell. The colors of the stamps were a feast for the eyes.
The posters set up throughout the sale encouraged generous shopping and giving. If you couldn't find anything you wanted to buy, you could just stop at the donation booth. This year, people just gave $170,000. cash at the booth.
There were booths set up where jean picnic blankets had been made out of discarded blue jeans.
There was a penny power table where folks counted and rolled pennies. This year $31,900 of PENNIES was brought to count and roll.