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Seafarers Christmas Boxes

Seafarers Boxes

One of our favorite ministries at Spring Branch Presbyterian is the Seafarers Center.  The Houston International Seafarers Centers host seafarers from around the world who dock at terminals in the Houston Ship Channel.

There are about 20-25 seafarers working on each ship that docks in the port of Houston.  These men and women may have a 9 month contract before they get to go home.  When at Port, they are very busy and may not even have enough time to get off the ship.  When they can get off, they may have only a few hours.  Seafarers depend a great deal on the services of the Seafarers Centers and the Chaplains that work there when they have personal, family, work, spiritual and faith issues.

Dave Wells, one of the chaplains at the Seafarer’s Center writes:

“Often we joke and laugh, and sometimes as we talk, their eyes fill with tears and sadness.  Seafarers are so hungry for conversation and have learned that the Chaplain may be their only opportunity for a personal interchange.  I never know what question or issue may come up in the conversations.  I am always watching to see each individual’s need as I engage in conversation.  I try to show a spirit of hospitality and service so that they might feel the opportunity to receive Christ’s care, grace, and love.”

You can read more about the Seafarers Center here: houstonseafarers.com

Want to help?

Start collecting toiletries, playing cards, hotel soaps, postcards, new socks, pens & pencils, small games, hard candies, and other items that you might appreciate on a long trip at sea.  We’ll have collection boxes available in November, then join us as we pack care packages to help make Christmas bright for these hard working men and women from around the globe!


Seafarers’ Christmas Shoe Boxes


It’s that time of year when SPBC gathers fun and useful items to pack, gift wrap inside of shoe boxes, and deliver 100+ shoe boxes for the seafarers who visit the Seafarer’s Center at the Port of Houston during this holiday season.  The chaplains begin distributing the thousands of boxes on the ships even before Thanksgiving.  Our church will be packing and wrapping during the Sunday school hour on November 26th.   Please consider helping.  Many hands make light work!


The boxes will need to be delivered that afternoon.  If anyone is interested in delivering them, or going along to see the Seafarer’s Center, please let Laurie Mitchell know.


Please be collecting your empty shoe boxes or shoebox-sized plastic tubs with lids and looking for the sample sized toiletries from this year’s vacations.  We will be collecting items from now until Sunday November 26th.  Please bring your donations to the church office.  Here is a detailed list of some of the items you can bring.


Baseball Caps Lotion Soaps
Chapstick Magazines Stationery
Chewing Gum Note Pads T-Bags
Combs Pens/Pencils Texas Items
Conditioner Playing Cards Throat Lozenges
Deodorants Puzzle Books Toothbrushes
Drink Packets Puzzles Toothpaste
Envelopes Razors Travel-size Tissues
First Aid Items Sewing Kits T-Shirts (New)
First Aid Kits Shampoo White Tube Socks


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