Young volunteers with wrapped gifts for the Seafarers.

As Christmastime approaches the Sailors’ Society of South Africa  is appealing for private and corporate donors to open their hearts, pockets and store rooms to help them put together interesting and exciting gift parcels for the sailors who are in our ports on 25 December.

The annual Share your Christmas with a Seafarer, which will take place in Durban, Cape Town, East London, and Richards Bay from 23 December to 25 December 2013.10.28


The Big Day – Wrapping the gifts.


The Big Day (27 November) is when the Chaplains and their societies and all the volunteers gather at the Mission in the harbour to pack the gifts – all donations; some in kind, some bought with cash donations and then the precious beanies and scarves and gloves, knitted through the year by mainly senior citizens in the communities.

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But now we are appealing for donations of:

  •     hand knits, socks, gloves, mittens
  •     stretch socks (sport socks)
  •     handkerchiefs
  •     tooth brush and tooth paste, soap
  •     cookies that will keep
  •     gum, sweets, peanuts
  •     playing cards, music CDs/DVDs, pens
  • 8229027535_81bc13c933_z    jigsaw puzzles, other kinds of puzzles and games (travel size)
  •     nail clippers, sewing kits, ashtray, lighters
  •     shaving equipment, razor, aftershave lotion, shaving cream or foam, cologne
  •     pocket diary, calendar, address book, small photo album
  •     handwritten Christmas card from you or from your group or organisation
  •     flash drives/ memory sticks

For more information about the Sailor’s Society’s Share your Christmas with a Seafarer, please contact Linda van Schalkwyk office@saiss.co.za