Last February I went to the Mission for Seafarers open house. I was touched by how much this Mission does for the men at sea. It is a safe place to buy treats, to pray, to hang out, to use wi-fi, to mention a few of its benefits.
The Mission also prints a Newsletter, Ship-To-Shore, which is well worth a read.
The Christmas Presents that we donate are so much appreciated. If there is another open house, I would encourage you all to go. It shows a side of Vancouver that some of us are completely unaware of!
From the Mission to Seafarers Website.
Christmas at Sea 2019 ‘being present!’ Once again we will be thinking of the needs of seafarers who already face loneliness and isolation onboard and esp. those who are Christians and away from family at Christmas. The gift bags we give to every seafarer first by going by boat to the ships in English Bay on Christmas Eve and then at berth are only possible with the help of donations and the volunteers who put them together.
Items we are asking people to donate are; socks, toques - bought or made, soap, chocolate, tooth paste, tooth brushes, combs, small Canadian souvenir ( no scarfs as they are dangerous onboard).
Items can be dropped off at the Narthex until December 1st.