Santa Claus arrived in the Port of Durban recently and enlisted his helpers, the chaplains of various Missions, to accompany him and board vessels in port to hand out gifts – part of the 1400 parcels packed by other volunteers.

Paul Richardson and Jessie John, Sailors’ Society chaplain and missionary respectively, together with Santa visited 7 ships on 8 December to the delight of the seafarers. On this visit 159 gifts were handed out.

Crews gave the Christmas visitors a warm welcome and prayers were said with those who so wished.

Seafarers often experience loneliness owing to the nature of their profession, but at certain times it is more keenly felt, on birthdays, anniversaries and of course Christmas.  So we trust that to receive a small gift and realise they are thought of, will help.