Time to prepare for Christmas

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Saint John Seafarers’ Mission, Inc.
Christmas Program – 2016

Each year during the Christmas season, the Saint John Seafarers’ Mission provides gifts to the seafarers who are visiting our port. These gifts are packaged with the goal of giving items of necessity, with “a little something extra”, at a time when these men and women are feeling the loneliness of being away from their families. In 2015, with help from many groups and individuals, the Seafarers’ Mission distributed 263 Christmas packages to 12 ships, during the Christmas season. The crew members were pleased! They were also very appreciative of the gifts and the fact that they were being thought of, during this special season.

Ideas for items you could include in a Christmas package:
• Toiletries: shampoo, shave cream, tooth paste, tooth brush, dental floss, mouth wash, body wash, deodorant, disposable razors, lip balm, comb, hand lotion, kleenex
• Warm Items: gloves, socks, scarf, toque
• “A Little Something Extra”: Playing Cards, Game Book, Pen, Canada souvenir (pin/magnet/key chain), Candy (individually wrapped), Chocolates, Chocolate bars, Halloween sized bags of chips, pkg. gum, etc.
• Christmas card

Note: Please do not wrap individual items or the packages. We ask this because port security controls, in the US and Canada, impose a responsibility on us to scan the contents of any parcels before they go aboard ships (to assure Security that the packages are risk-free).
If you would like to be part of our Christmas Program but don’t want to do a ‘package’, another option would be to donate some of the above items, earmarked specifically for Christmas or to donate money for the program (tax receipts will be issued).

Also, note: We generally have a shortage of gloves, shampoo, deodorant, shave cream, hand lotion, lip balm

Approximate sizes of ‘packages’ we use:
​- medium size shoe box
​- Christmas bags = 12” (h), 10” (w) and 5” (d)

Without help from others, we could not provide these gifts. If you are interested in supporting this project, you may drop your Christmas donations at the Mission (92 Tilley Lane, Saint John) between Monday – Thursday (12:00pm – 5:00pm). If you need someone to pick up your items, please call Bev at (506) 635-1731 to make arrangements or email seaf@nb.aibn.com ​
Saint John Seafarers’ Mission, Inc.
( A Registered Canadian Charitable Organization – Reg. # 11913 2413 )

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