Help Foreign Visitors

It says in Hebrews: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Even during the holidays, Houston’s Ship Channel is packed with seafarers hailing from dozens of different countries. Christmas shoeboxes, collected and distributed by the International Seafarers’ Center, are often the only Christmas gift the men receive. Being far away from home, the seafarers face the difficulty of homesickness every day and appreciate these items tremendously.

Current Opportunities

Seafarers/Fill Christmas Shoeboxes

Supplies: shoebox with lid, wrapping paper, tape, scissors, box contents (See suggested items)

Suggested Items: Band-aids, needle & thread, paper & envelopes, comb, shaving cream, pencils & pens, dental floss, soap & shampoo, playing cards, puzzles, games, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, postcards, disposable razor, address book, socks, flashlight, calendar, stamps, tissues, Q-tips, disposable camera, Texas souvenirs, lotion & lip balm, gum & hard candy, T-shirts, baseball caps, nail clippers, key chains

How to: Please pack a shoebox FULL with items such as those listed below. Avoid items that can melt or break. If applicable, wrap batteries separately from devices. Use a regular shoebox or a plastic shoebox. Wrap securely as one unit in Christmas paper. DO NOT wrap the lid and box separately. If you include your email or name and address you may receive a thank you note from a grateful seafarer!

Deliver the shoeboxes to the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church’s Sanctuary Lobby (11612 Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77024) on Sunday, November 30, or take your gifts to the Howard T. Tellepsen Seafarers Center* in person.

Contact:
Howard T. Tellepsen Seafarers Center, 9250 High Level Road, 77029. Please call them to let them know you are coming (713-672-0511)