Care & Share Thrift Shoppes in Hilltown contribute $900K to Mennonite Central Committee

Care & Share Thrift Shoppes volunteers and Executive Director Sarah Bergin, standing left, applaud a $900,000 contribution to the Mennonite Central Committee raised by the local stores in 2017. At center is MCC East Coast Executive Director Bruce Campbell-Janz. Care & Share Board Chairman David Friesen is at right.

HILLTOWN >> The contribution to the Mennonite Central Committee from Care & Share Thrift Shoppes 2017 operations was celebrated along with thanking 81 “superstar” volunteers at a Valentine’s Day breakfast at Care & Share.

“All of you have done a wonderful thing and you have created an incredible gift to MCC, and we are so excited to share that with you first,” Care & Share Executive Director Sarah Bergin said as the $900,000 contribution was presented.

The MCC, which works for disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peace building, will be 100 years old in 2020, MCC East Coast Executive Director Bruce Campbell-Janz said.

“Thousands and thousands of workers over the years have worked around the world in the name of Christ through the ministries of MCC, thanks to the support of places like the Care & Share Thrift Shoppes,” he said.

Thrift shops in Canada and the United States contribute a combined about $15 million per year to MCC, he said.

Along with the monetary contributions, Care & Share helps keep things out of the landfill and makes a place for low-income people to purchase quality items at a lower cost, he said.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves,” Campbell-Janz quoted from Philippians 2:3 while speaking about the Bible passage and giving examples of people working in MCC programs who inspire him.

The organization works in more than 50 countries, he said.

“MCC’s model of working is almost always in partnership,” he said, “and so we have these amazing partners who are shining like stars in the work that they do in their communities.”

Assistance provided to Puerto Rico before and following Hurricane Maria includes shipments of canned meat, Campbell-Janz said.

One of the annual stops by the mobile canner to prepare the canned meat is at the MCC Material Resource Center of Harleysville. This year’s Harleysville stop is scheduled for April 2 through 4.

“You’re blessing people all around the world and right next door in Philadelphia in the name of Christ through the ministries of MCC, so thank you for all you do,” Campbell-Janz told the Care & Share volunteers, staff and leadership.

Care & Share has donated more than $16 million to MCC since 1976, Bergin said in an email.

Superstar volunteers are ones who volunteered for 300 hours or more last year, Suzanne Kratz, Care & Share’s volunteer manager, said.

There were 81 superstar volunteers in 2017, about 20 more than the previous year, she said.

“You do a lot of extraordinary things here for us, and we are so very grateful,” Kratz told the volunteers.

In honor of the volunteers, Care & Share is making an additional contribution to MCC of $8,100, consisting of $100 in each of the 81 superstar volunteer names, she said.

Kratz, who also read aloud the names of the 81 superstar volunteers, including five who volunteered for more than 1,000 hours last year, said the superstars donated a combined 39,801 hours during 2017. The total number of volunteer hours logged at Care & Share last year was 111,513, she said.

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