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Celebrating 40 Years!
Celebrating 40 Years of MCC Thrift Shops!
Over a thousand people attended the Brian Doerksen/Ambassadors concert on Friday night at Central Heights MB Church in Abbotsford that celebrated 40 years of MCC Thrift Shops in BC. The evening also featured a series of video vignettes that told heart-warming and often humourous stories from each of MCC's 10 shops.
Doerksen performed with his band and led the audience in worship, as did the Ambassadors who sang gospel favourites in wonderful four-part harmony. For Doerksen, the evening was special for very personal reasons.
“I’m happy to be celebrating this event with you and what makes this evening truly special for me is the opportunity to sing with my dad,” he said, inviting his father Henry Doerksen to the stage to sing with him.
Provincial Thrift Shop Coordinator Doug Willms reminded the audience that the thrift network exists because of volunteers. There are over 900 volunteers who serve in MCC’s 10 shops, which last year raised $1.5 million dollars for the relief, development and peace work of MCC worldwide. Willms had the opportunity to acknowledge the fact that there are over 100 volunteers who have served in the BC thrift network for 20 years or longer, with many having served 35 or longer.
“It is so remarkable that we have such a faithful, dedicated group of volunteers,” he said.
The evening began with a Parade of Volunteers (parade volunteers pictured above) who set the stage with iconic items from thrift shops: racks of clothing, furniture, books, stuffed animals, crocheted afghans, and more.
For 40 years, the MCC Thrift Shops in BC have been faithfully serving our communities and raising funds for MCC’s relief, development and peace work around the world. From its humble beginnings in Clearbrook in 1973, the MCC BC Thrift Shop network has grown to10 shops throughout the province in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, the Okanagan and Powell River and over 800 volunteers. These shops raised over $1.5 million dollars last year - that's a lot to celebrate!
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