MCC photo/Heidi Huber

MCC Summer Service workers share in a moment of prayer for the work of their upcoming service assignments. 

This holiday season, take the path less traveled, give alternative gifts via MCC and support important, life-giving and life-sustaining work right here in Central States! Here are five amazing areas of work that your contribution can help MCC be the hands and feet of Jesus as we strive to share God’s love and compassion with all.

Welcome - Migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. are legally released from detention centers daily. In South Texas, MCC supports those needing welcome by providing funds to local organizations for the purchase of food, water, a car seat and other transportation needs, such as helping asylum seekers take buses to their personal contact in the U.S. Advocate to keep families together, or donate money by sending a check MCC Central States, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117 with Support Family Reunification in the memo line. 

Comfort - Volunteers joyfully create and sew comforters that spread God’s love and warmth all around the world. This year 50,000 comforters are needed, and you can help by making a comforter or by donating funds to help pay for comforter making supplies, such as fabric, batting and backing. Checks should be made out to KS Friends of MCC and send to MCC Central States, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117.

Dignity - One way to show Christ’s love is through MCC prisoner care kits. Recently, more than 300 kits were distributed to indigent inmates at the Hutchinson (Kansas) Correctional Facility. Upon receipt one inmate exclaimed, “My only T-shirt is full of holes. I’m gonna put this new one on right away. Thank you!”

Remember - Learning the true history of the land we live on and the stories of those who were here before us is how we learn, contend with and lament the legacies of the Doctrine of Discovery. Through the work of MCC’s Indigenous Visioning Circle’s participatory learning experience Loss of Turtle Island participants can begin this journey of rightly remembering.

Hope - Yearly, MCC hosts young people from around the world who serve in Central States through our International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). We also send young adults into service overseas through, Serving And Learning Together (SALT) and Seed and into U.S. neighborhoods with Summer Service. Through mentoring, partnerships and learning professional job skills young adults gain essential experience to become the future Anabaptist leaders of our church and community.