04 June, 2006

Mennonites sell to help disaster victims

Josh Kissling of Marion walked around the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Saturday with his girlfriend, Elisabeth Klug of Coggon, in search of one thing: apple butter.

"It's good," he said. "Nothing else beats it."

The couple was among more than 9,000 people who attended the last day of the 27th annual Iowa Mennonite Relief Sale to relieve hunger worldwide. Offering goods such as homemade food, plants, furniture and quilts, about $105,000 was raised for the Mennonite Central Committee.

The committee will use most of the money raised to help victims of disasters such as the earthquake that struck Indonesia on May 27 and killed more than 6,200 people, said Keith Hostetler, chairman of the executive sale committee for the Iowa event. This weekend's sale added to the $2.77 million the event has raised for those efforts in the last 26 years, he said.

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