Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ministry to the Port of Houston

Once again the green & red dinosaur Christmas paper wrapped up 30 shoeboxes for the Seafarers’ Ministry to the Port of Houston during the holiday season. This annual project, sponsored by St. John’s Presbyterian Women, is made possible through the donations from the entire congregation.

First to go into each box is a 2011 wall calendar followed by a tri-fold secretary (sewn by Betty Nelson) containing stationery and envelopes, writing pads, pens and pencils, Joann Navratil gathered small items into 3 snack bags: scissors, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, and erasers; lip balm, band aids, nail clippers, safety pins, dental floss, Q-tips and emery boards; a variety of wrapped candy such as tootsie rolls and rootbeer drops.

Lots of other gifts went in: a pair of work socks, 2 razors and shaving cream, toothbrush and paste, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, pocket comb, facial tissue, a large bar of soap, small flashlight, key chain, deck of cards and a game. Then Pansy Meyer had to figure out how to cram in a baseball cap and top off each box with a Texas scarf. Assembled boxes were then taped, wrapped and tied by Elaine DeSouza. Final step was to load the boxes into Esther Bender’s car and take them along with 38 knit caps and scarves to the Center.
— Thanks to all, Joann Navratil