Get involved with something big—record-breaking big! Help us touch the lives of people in need while celebrating MCC's 100th anniversary. We're attempting to collect 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by conflict and disaster around the world.

We need your help to reach our goal of 6,500 handmade comforters by January 18, 2020.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Create a comforter

Make a comforter any time leading up to the event. Comforters are made from three layers. The top is made from squares of colourful fabric sewn together. It's then filled with winter-weight quilt batting and backed with fabric. Once the pieces are assembled, layers are held together with knots of double-strand crochet cotton or yarn. Find the full instructions for making a comforter here.

Warren Tyson (left) and Orlando Vasquez knot comforters for MCC during the Mennonite World Conference Assembly held in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21-25, 2015.MCC photo/Adam Sensamaust

Host a comforter-making event

Making comforters can be a great engagement activity for churches, community groups and sewing clubs. Hosting an event includes people with a range of sewing abilities in the comforter-making process. Beginners can help tie the knots in the comforters while intermediate and experienced sewers piece together the tops.

If you’re interested in hosting a comforter-making event, please contact your local MCC office.

Download the event poster

Download a poster for hosting your own event

Current Events

 

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The Great Winter Warm-up in Souderton, PA

 

The Great Winter Warm-up in Chambersburg, PA

Sponsor a comforter

Have a busy schedule? Even if you can’t make a comforter yourself, you can sponsor one with an online donation. It takes a lot of supplies to make and deliver a comforter. Donate towards the cost of the necessary supplies.

Why make comforters?

Each year, MCC receives many beautiful handmade comforters. These are sent to individuals and families who are often in disaster situations and lack basic necessities. Comforters are used as bed covers, room dividers, carpets, curtains, wraps, mattresses and more. They provide not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. Again and again, recipients express their gratitude for the gift of an MCC comforter.

Last year, more than 63,000 comforters were shipped by MCC to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine, and Zambia, as well as throughout Canada and the United States.

Fanus Premilus carries the comforter she recieved after an earthquake struck in the Haitian community of Bingo on October 6th, 2019.  MCC photo/Annalee Giesbrecht

Stories

Turning stitches into love and generosity

Passing comfort on to others

Prayers into stitches: 70 comforters for 70 years

How comforters get made