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Peace candleholders crafted by Dr. Dwight Kauffman have raised some $72,000 for MCC peace projects. Harriet Berg

Peace candleholders crafted by Dr. Dwight Kauffman have raised some $72,000 for MCC peace projects. Harriet Berg

Candleholders raise thousands of dollars for peace projects

Harriet Berg
January 17, 2008

AKRON, Pa. – Handmade wooden candleholders have sparked some $72,000 in donations to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) peace projects – and served as a reminder to pray for peace in a time of war.

The first "All the Children of the World" Peace Candleholders were auctioned at relief sales in Morris and Brandon, Manitoba. Bidders in various relief sales have contributed for peace projects and then offered as much as $2,000 to take the candleholder home.

Funds raised go to MCC peace projects throughout the world – from a project in Burundi to encourage families of different ethnicities to overcome prejudices to a school to teach peacemaking in Bogotá, Colombia.

Dr. Dwight Kauffman is the creator of the candleholders. Kauffman was originally asked to make a candleholder by fellow members in his Mennonite congregation in Landisville, Pa. Kauffman, who now lives in Pandora, Ohio, handcrafted it with wood from several continents, working to create a design that would inspire people to "pray for peace, especially for the children, all the children of the world."

"Evidently the symbolism of the candleholder and the obvious need for peace in the world merged to catch people’s attention and make the project such a success," Kauffman said.