November 21, 2019

Northern Michigan Relief Sale to return for 53rd year


OSCODA COUNTY — The Northern Michigan Relief sale is returning to the Oscoda County Fairgrounds this weekend, and proceeds will be donated to various charitable causes around the world.

Carl Dube has been involved with the annual fundraiser for 14 years, and said this fundraiser is a magnificent way to give back.

“We see a bunch of situations around the world on the news, really sad and horrible situations,” Dube said. “The money we raise goes to the Mennonite Central Committee. They are helping the people around the world you see on the news.”

Dube said while it’s important to donate to local charities, there is a bigger world outside of our community with those in need as well.

“We always want to help people in our community, our neighbors,” Dube said. “But the people around the world, they are our neighbors too. God made them the same way they made us.”

The event begins Friday Aug. 2 with a community garage sale at 9 a.m. A silent auction will run throughout the afternoon, the annual bean soup supper will begin at 5 p.m. and a gospel music concert from The Sheldon Family will begin at 7 p.m.

The following day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the main event, the live auction. Various items will be on sale throughout the day, but the quilt auction will begin at 11 a.m. Dube said while the quilt auction always draws a crowd, his favorite part is what’s known as blessig bids.

“Some of the folks coming say they don’t need another quilt or wall hanging, but they still want to donate,” Dube said. “The blessing bids are a bunch of people knowing they are not going to take anything home but the blessing of helping someone. To see the connection between Northern Michigan and the rest of the world. That’s what is important to me, just the fact that people want to help.”

For an example of what the blessing bids are, Dube said the Mennonite Central Committee is housing 3,500 Venezuelan refugees in Columbia. So one could donate $85, and feed one of those refugees for a month. There are multiple other blessing bids that will be open at the relief sale as well.

Dube said he is always looking for volunteers to help with the relief sale. Those interested can contact him at 989-848-5904. For more information about the event, visit


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