123 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003

212-677-4800

info@sihnyc.org

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Guesthouse

Seafarers International House is a harbor of hospitality with 84 rooms close to Union Square, a subway hub.

Port Mission

Please call (212) 677-4800 ext. 1219, if you need a chaplain to visit your ship or send us an email.  If possible, contact us as early as you can so we can plan accordingly.

Donate

You can help seafarers and immigrants with your donation. Just click the donate button and you will  have the choice to support immigrants, seafarers, or where it is needed most. 

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An Affiliate of the 

CHRISTMAS-AT-SEA

A Holiday Initiative

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Imagine you were alone on a major holiday like Ramadan, Thanksgiving or Hanukkah. Depressing. This is why we invite you and your congregation to bring joy to seafarers who will not be home with their loved ones for Christmas. Our port chaplains bring satchels filled with gifts to the ships for the holiday. Every crew member on a ship regardless of their faith or nationality will open their satchels, each containing:

 

  • One Sweatshirt – hooded or unhooded (size M-L-XL)

  • Three Pairs of Socks – thermal or gym

  • One T- Shirt (size M-L-XL)

  • One Knitted Winter Cap (matching scarf optional), 

  • One Can of Nuts, Large Bar of Chocolate, or Health Snack Bar

  • A Holiday or Christmas Card from YOU!

You pick the colors, styles and brands, but please no substitutions from the list. The Christmas-at-Sea satchels should be comparable for each member of the crew. And, please assemble each satchel with sweatshirts and T-shirts of the same size and label the satchel with a M, L, or XL.

What might otherwise have been another lonely night at sea becomes a joyous occasion, because complete strangers ashore have taken the time to share the spirit of Christmas with these otherwise forgotten seafarers!

If it is more convenient, you may make a donation to “Christmas-at-Sea” and have us purchase the items for you. Typically, a completely filled satchel costs about $25.

We are collecting the satchels throughout the year until December 10. Remember to put a return address on your Christmas cards, because occasionally crew members will send you a personal thank you.

 

To receive empty satchels and to coordinate delivery or pick up, please contact:

For Baltimore area: 

Email Rev. K. Robert Schmitt or call him at 410-746-0236,

 

For New England: 

Email Ruth Setaro or call her at  203-687-2177.


All other regions:
Email Jeni Janis or call her at 212-677-4800 (ext. 1218), or
email Marsh Drege or call him at 212-677-4800 (ext. 1204). 

Or mail satchels or your donation marked “Christmas-at-Sea” to:
Seafarers International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Christmas At Sea is supported by

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots

Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association

Seafarers International Union (SIU)