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A Holiday Initiative
Thank you to all 2022 contributors! With your help we delivered a record 2,915 Christmas-at-Sea satchels to seafarers during the Christmas Season of 2022.
90% of global trade is transported on the high seas by crew members on container ships who remain invisible to most people, yet our supply chains depend on their services. Seafarers are the “unseen essential workers” and are overworked, frustrated and lonely. Therefore, we invite you, your business, school group or congregation to bring joy to seafarers who will not be home with their loved ones for Christmas. Our port chaplains safely deliver the 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 (coordinating scarf optional; no pastels please)
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. For the safety of seafarers, please do not add fringes or pom-poms to the hats and scarves. The Christmas-at-Sea satchels should be comparable for each member of the crew. Please assemble each satchel with sweatshirts and T-shirts of the same size and label the satchel with a M, L, or XL on the back side.
What might otherwise have been another lonely night at sea becomes a joyous occasion, because complete strangers share the spirit of Christmas with seafarers!
If it is more convenient, you may make a donation and have us purchase the items for you. Typically, a completely filled satchel costs about $35. You may also order items for seafarers on Amazon, we have created a special Christmas-at-Sea wish list.
If you are a Thrivent client, you may apply for $250 in seed money for your Christmas-at-Sea team at www.thrivent.com/about-us/membership/thrivent-action-teams
To order empty satchels and to coordinate delivery or pick up, please contact:
For Baltimore area: Rev. K. Robert Schmitt, 410-746-0236, firstname.lastname@example.org
For New England: Ruth Setaro, 203-687-2177, email@example.com
All other regions: Jeni Janis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Filled satchels may be mailed by December 1, 2023 to:
Seafarers International House
c/o Salvation Army
120 W 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Christmas At Sea is supported by
International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P)
Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)
Seafarers International Union (SIU)