and Berrow churchgoers collect 137 giftboxes for seafarers
members from St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea and St Mary's
Church in Berrow have delivered dozens of shoeboxes full of gifts
to the Mission to Seafarers at Portbury Dock.
of 137 shoeboxes have been filled with gifts donated for seafarers
far from home.
of congregations in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been filling the
boxes over the last few weeks.
boxes are filled with warm woollen items such as hats and gloves,
toiletries, chocolates, sweets, small games and Christmas cards.
Roost, Mission to Seafarers representative at St. Andrews
Church, said: "The gifts are gratefully received by the many
Seafarers who pass briefly through the docks on their journeys across
are often away from their homes and families for months on end,
while they bring to our island cargoes of food, consumer goods and
so much more on which we have come to depend."
have a thankless task, often in poor conditions and are so often
forgotten as they move across the high seas in all weathers."
Mission to Seafarers offer welcoming centres in ports across the
world, to those of all faiths and none, and offer much help to those
who fall into difficulty far from home in alien lands."