The Mission to Seafarers: Port of Thunder Bay

Sharing the Christmas Spirit
Updated: September 28, 2023


Seafarers may not get home for Christmas and may not even be in a port during Christmas. They are one of our "Lifelines", bringing to the Thunder Bay goods we need and improve our economy by taking away goods being exported to foreign countries. Seafarers on ocean-going ships are away from home for six to twelve months to a year. 

One way to express our appreciation to these dedicated individuals is by sharing a little of our Christmas Spirit with them through the tradition of gift giving. This may help to make it a little less lonely for them. In 2000 we began to make up Christmas Gift Bags, leaving them under the Christmas Tree at the Seafarers' Centre for seafarers to pick up.

Starting in 2016, we delivered Christmas Gift Bags to foreign crewed ships in port in December. Crew size varies from 9 to 22 and an average is 19. We ought to prepare for 14 ships, so our target is 266 Gift Bags. There are a few female crew or passengers each year, so we will prepare 4 Gift Bags for women. Annual stats can be found at

Once again we are appealing to you for donations so that this outreach program can be continued. 

Suggested items you might choose to donate are:

  • mittens/gloves;

  • toque;

  • socks;

  • neck warmer

  • playing cards,  hand-held games/puzzles;

  • small tool: flashlight, screwdriver; 

  • tooth brush;

  • tooth paste;

  • disposable razors 
    (other toiletries are not needed);

  • Chap Stick; and

  • chocolate.

Donations may be given to your MtS Congregational representative or brought to the Seafarer's Centre (Keefer Intermodal, 100 Main St.) no later than the  second last Monday in November

Financial donations are also accepted that will be used to purchase additional items for the gift bags; click here if you would like make a financial donation. We plan to spend up to $1,000 to purchase items for the gift bags.

Sanitization practices will be followed when putting the bags together and items will be in a sealed plastic bag and put into a Christmas Gift Bag.

Your contributions will be gratefully accepted; for additional information contact the Seafarersí Centre 807-344-8241.

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