Over 200 quilts are ready for auction as the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale (NHMRS) prepares to celebrate its 53rd anniversary.
The event continues to attract visitors year after year in support of relief efforts made by the Mennonite Central Committee.
Since it’s start in 1967, the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale has raised over $12 million and over 10,000 quilts have been donated to the auction. And about 2,000 volunteers are gearing up in over 40 venues to support the event.
“This would not be possible if it wasn’t for the local community,” says John Reimer, chair of the New Hamburg Relief Sale Committee. “And the event is very much church-based with over 30 Mennonite churches participating, and that has ensured the success of this event.”
Anyone can preview the quilts at the following locations:
- Waterloo City Hall, 100 Regina Street South, Waterloo, from April 30 to May 22
- Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, from April 30 to May 22
- Schneider Haus, 466 Queen Street South, Kitchener from April 30 to May 23
- St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, 1308 King Street North, St. Jacobs, from May 21 to May 23
This is also the first year NHMRS has also opened the bidding online for those unable to attend the event dates.
Beautifully handcrafted quilts will be available for bidding and the event will also include an assortment of activities available for everyone – from music to good food and a variety of children’s activities. “The uniqueness of the quilt sale keeps people coming and good food always goes over well,” Reimer said. “And it’s a great time of year. People are ready to go out and enjoy”
The New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale will be held at the fairgrounds in New Hamburg on Friday, May 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 25 from 6:45 a.m. to the afternoon. And for the second year, vintage quilts will be auctioned on Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m.
For more information about the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale, visit: New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale.