Help Support Christmas at Sea

Mary LoSardo

Every year, the Trinity Knitting Ministry knits and crochets scarves, hats and cowls for members of the merchant marine as part of the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) Christmas at Sea program.   Since 1898, during the Spanish American War, volunteers of the Seamen’s Church Institute have knitted, collected, packed, and distributed gifts to mariners who are miles away from home during the holidays.

However, you don't have to knit or crochet to help.  While the centerpiece of SCI’s Christmas gift for mariners is a handknit scarf and hat, they are sent in a cheerful package containing a handwritten card, information detailing how mariners can reach SCI, and a variety of Christmas gifts. For the items that accompany the knitting, SCI relies on donations from individuals and groups from around the country.

Take a look at the list below. You can find most of these things at the local supermarket or perhaps from the stash of your company's logo-branded items. Although they seem small, these carefully selected gifts make a big difference in the lives of those who receive them.  From Sunday, November 12th  through Sunday, December 3rd, Trinity will be collecting these gifts items in our narthex: 

·       Unscented, Colorless Lip Balm

·       Unscented, Hypoallergenic Hand Lotion (2-4oz bottles)

·       Sealed Packages of Holiday Sweets

·       Books or Activities like Sudoku, word searches, or playing cards

·       Facial Tissue (pocket-size packs)

·       Microwave Popcorn

·       Chewing Gum

·       Handmade Christmas Cards

All items must be in new and unused condition and in their original packaging. We cannot accept items that are used or unsealed. 

So help us warm the hearts of mariners working away from home on Christmas Day!