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Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

WISTA USA – Texas Chapter – Christmas Box Program

December 3, 2018

Join WISTA USA – Texas Chapter for the annual Christmas Gift Box Program benefiting  the Ministry to the Port of Houston.  Once again Texas Chapter Co-President Sherri Hickman has graciously invited us all to her offices to pack and wrap boxes for the seafarers that visit our ports during this Christmas season.

Crew sizes vary between 8 to 30, with an average number of 22 seafarers to gift per ship.   In 2017, Houston International Seafarers’ Centers distributed 12,700 gifts on board 517 ships which represented more than 60 different countries!  These were donated by more than 200 churches and organizations.  The Christmas boxes are personally carried to each ship by a Staff Port Chaplain.  They start delivering shortly after Thanksgiving and continues until all the gifts have been distributed.   These gifts lift the spirits of these seafarers who are away from their families.   The seafarers appreciate these gifts tremendously.

For location information, please contact Sherri Hickman at captainsheena@msn.com.

If you cannot attend, please consider donating some items.  If you are unable to help stuff boxes, your donations will be greatly appreciated!  Please arrange for pickup or drop off with JMinninch@agility.com.

Items to donate:

  • toiletries (toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, floss, toothbrush, lotion, etc.)
  • lip balm
  • nail clippers
  • sewing kits
  • handkerchiefs / bandannas
  • playing cards
  • socks
  • gloves (winter or work)
  • winter caps
  • baseball caps
  • candy bars
  • jerky
  • snacks (like  snack size Pringles, popcorn, gum, etc)
  • ramen noodles
  • hot chocolate
  • pens, highlighters,
  • plastic shoe boxes
  • mini flashlights
  • USB flash drives
  • Sudoku, Word Search Books
  • Texas Souvenirs
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