This year’s focus is to support and assist MCC and its partners in the biblical mandate of “Making Faraway Neighbors Near.” By broadening our reach to help those who are faraway, the sale’s focus will be to share God’s love and compassion in the name of Christ through disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peacebuilding and in doing so bring their concerns near to our hearts.
2015 Special Project
Supporting Children in Serbia
The “Special Giving Project” at the Peach Cobbler Relief Sale will be focused on children in Serbia. Around the world, Roma people face discrimination. In the United States, some people refer to Roma as “gypsies” to imply that they are dishonest or criminals. Serbia, in southeastern Europe, is home to about half a million Roma people. Historically the Roma have been nomadic, so many Roma people are undocumented and cannot access basic social services. In Serbia, Roma live in isolated communities with high unemployment, poor housing conditions and poor health care. Because of bullying, discrimination and other barriers, many Roma children drop out of elementary school. Illiteracy has left Roma communities poor and underemployed. A Christian organization called Bread of Life has been tutoring young Roma students so that they don’t fall behind in school. At the same time, it works with Roma parents to encourage their children’s education. Bread of Life also meets with local government leaders and schools to advocate for the Roma community. Your gifts through the Peach Cobbler Mennonite Relief Auction will go to MCC’s work with Roma students in Serbia. To learn more about this program, “Integration through Education,” visit mcc.org/globalfamily.
You can help: Make your contribution during the Special Projection segment of the 2015 Peach Cobbler Mennonite Auction for World Relief – Saturday, September 12 at approximately 11:30 am.
In 2015 we raised $48,000 for these causes. This was the best yet! Thanks for your support.