ENID, Okla. — Organizers of the annual Mennonite Relief Sale, set for Nov. 1-2 at Chisholm Trail Expo Center, are seeking donated items for this year's benefit sale.

The sale raises funds to support efforts of Mennonite Central Committee to respond to disasters and alleviate food insecurity and poverty in the developing world.

Luella Unruh, one of the sale organizers, said proceeds from this year's event specifically will go toward water and agriculture programs in areas plagued by food insecurity.

Unruh said the emphasis on developing water resources and sustainable agriculture should be a project Oklahomans can embrace.

"It hits the heart of Oklahomans because this is agriculture country, and people need water," Unruh said, "so we are trying to reach out to people who might want to support their efforts."

One of the ways people can do that is to donate items for the annual auction, which includes a wide variety of quilts, arts and crafts.

Unruh said anyone with handcrafted items, original artwork, quilts or antiques can contact her or Dwight Unruh at (580) 554-9057 to see if it would be a good fit for the sale, and to make arrangements for donation.

The other way people can support the sale, Unruh said, is to show up at the sale in November and shop.

The sale kicks off at 4 p.m. Nov. 1, with booths offering a wide variety of food and handcrafted wares, followed by the annual dinner, music auction and quilt sales. On Nov. 2, the event continues with the pancake and sausage breakfast, booths, auction sales and the annual quilt auction.

For more information on the food, sales and activities at the 2019 Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale, visit http://www.okreliefsale.com. For more information on MCC relief activities, visit https://mcc.org.

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