Deadline for Seafarer Bags
Nearly 500 ship workers docked at the Port of New York/New Jersey last December received a reminder of God’s love for them during the Christmas season, thanks to the generous contributions of USS congregations who contributed gift bags last fall. The synod invites congregations and individuals to join together in collecting “Christmas-at-Sea” Gift Bags for seafarers this Christmas through the Seafarers and International House (SIH) in New York City (http://www.sihnyc.org/). Sturdy, imprinted plastic bags for this project are available now at the Synod Office.
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH BAG!
Each gift bag should contain one sweatshirt (L-XL), three pairs of socks, one casual t-shirt (M-L), one knit heavy winter cap, one can of nuts or bar of chocolate, and a personalized Christmas card from you. Filled sacks should be brought to the Synod Office by November 27 (the Monday after Thanksgiving) so that they may be transported to NYC in time for holiday distribution. Thank you for taking part in this ministry to some of the hardworking, lonely freighter crews who are responsible for 90 percent of the world’s trade via merchant ships.