A Holiday Initiative
Imagine you were alone on a major holiday like Christmas, 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 (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. 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 on the back side.
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 and have us purchase the items for you. Typically, a completely filled satchel costs about $35.
We are collecting the satchels throughout the year until December 4. 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.
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 (MM&P)
Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)
Seafarers International Union (SIU)