1. Gifts at Sea—Seafarers International House
Christmas bags are available to be filled with gift items that will be given to seafarers who will not be home with their families for Christmas. Seafarers International House port chaplains will deliver satchels to the seafarers they meet in port in the weeks prior to Christmas. Later, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, when the ship is in the middle of the ocean, the captain will hold a celebration, and all the crew will open their satchels. What might otherwise have been another lonely night at sea becomes instead a joyous occasion, not only because of the beautiful gifts, but because strangers ashore have taken the time to share the spirit of Christmas with these seafarers. For more information go to: sihnyc.org. Those who have taken bags to fill please return them by Dec. 9.
2. Pajama & Book Drive: infants to 5 years old
Many children in New York City don’t have a stable home life, or a home at all. These children — often abandoned, neglected, living in shelters or temporary housing — deserve to have a loving bedtime and restful good night as the start to a positive, empowering good day. Snuggling up in cozy, new pajamas with their very own new book, these children are given a secure and nurturing “good night” at bedtime. You can help by donating new pajamas and books for the children (ages infant to 5) who need them most. Pajama Program is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that distributes new pajamas and new storybooks donated by caring people. Please bring new pajamas and books to GA now through December 9.