Gift bag campaign filled with spirit of Christmas

Letitia Busniak, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian
Gift bag campaign filled with spirit of Christmas
Camera IconGift bag campaign filled with spirit of Christmas Credit: Geraldton Guardian

While you enjoy time with the family this Christmas, Mission to Seafarers chaplain Bill Ross wants you to think about those away from home.

Geraldton will play host to dozens of seafarers over Christmas, coming from as far away as the Philippines, China and Thailand.

Mr Ross hopes to give each port visitor a little reminder of Christmas, as he campaigns his annual gift bag appeal for another year.

The idea is to take home a gift bag and fill it with a selection of items, and return it for distribution over Christmas.

Mr Ross said it was a small gesture which could mean a lot to those away from their families for up to 10 months at a time.

“For Christian seafarers, the gift is a welcome reminder of Christmas back home and gives a sense of not being left out,” he said.

“Christmas is a time of giving and while we get to enjoy our own families, there are many who don’t get the same luxury.”

Last Christmas, Mission to Seafarers delivered over 200 bags to the crew of 10 ships docked in the port. Local churches and schools have already been involved in the appeal, with bags including an assortment of snacks, souvenirs and toiletries.

Mr Ross said though donations were going well, a few extra wouldn’t go astray.

”If you are able to fill a gift bag, it will help us to provide for those who are here this year,” he said.

“A list of what you should include will be inside, and once received the gifts will be transferred to a souvenir bag, which can be used after the gifts are enjoyed.”

For more information on the appeal, visit the Mission to Seafarers centre at 272 Marine Terrace.

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