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MCC looking to collect over 6,000 comforters

They will be sent to people in places affected by conflict and disaster
Great Winter Warm-up 2020
Jon Lebold, MCC Material Resources Coordinator, wraps a “tractor” in comforters (MCC Photo/Sheryl Bruggeling)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff are covering the atrium at 50 Kent in MCC's iconic comforters this morning to spread the word about their upcoming comforter-making event, The Great Winter Warm-up.

Every year, the number of comforter requests MCC receives from its partners in more than 50 countries is greater than the number of comforters it can provide. The colourful display of comforters covering the atrium is your invitation to be part of The Great Winter Warm-up, MCC’s biggest ever comforter making event. The organization hopes to collect a record-breaking 6,500 comforters on one day.

"Comforters provide a tangible message to people affected by conflict and disaster that their needs are not forgotten," says John Head, executive director of MCC Ontario. "Comforters are an excellent metaphor for the nature of our work around the world at MCC," continued Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of MCC Canada. "One square of fabric alone cannot keep the cold away, but many pieces connected together produce warmth against the cold. When our volunteers and supporters come together to create comforters for The Great Winter Warm-up, they will make a difference in the lives of people affected by conflict and disaster."

When families are uprooted from home and lack basic necessities, comforters are a versatile tool - functioning as bed covers, room dividers, carpets, curtains, wraps, mattresses and more. Each and every comforter is handmade by MCC volunteers. 

Last year, more than 53,000 comforters were shipped by MCC to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malawi, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North  Korea), Serbia, Syria and Ukraine as well as throughout Canada and the U.S.

Since 1920, MCC has worked with the church, partner organizations and supporters. We started by helping families affected by war and famine in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine). We now work in more than 50 countries around the world. 

As we celebrate our 100th year, we invite you to join us this January 18, to attend a Great Winter Warm-up event near you. Events take place across Canada and the U.S. For more information on how to get involved, visit



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