Supporters of Seattle's Mission to Seafarers are very familiar with our signature Ditty Bag gifts to seafarers during the holidays. We have been asked whether we will be giving out Ditty Bags this year with all the changes that have taken place during the Covid pandemic. The answer is YES. Ditty Bags are more important than ever because of the forced isolation being experienced by mariners onboard merchant ships this year. Gifts of toiletries, hand knitted hats, candy and hand signed greeting cards are a much-needed boost to morale for these essential workers on the sea.
This year in the spring when the pandemic was first announced, we began a special Ditty Bag presentation to the crews that docked in the Port of Seattle. As a result, we are very low in the supply of hand knitted hats. WE ARE CALLING ALL KNITTERS TO HELP US OUT! There is no substitute for the love and kindness demonstrated by the wonderful volunteers who take their time and skill to knit hats for seafarers. If you already have a pattern for knitted (or crocheted) watch caps, you’re all ready to go. But if you need help, please check out our web page (mts-seattle.org) for suggested patterns.
Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or have hats or ditty bags that need to be picked up. A huge THANK YOU goes out to all the volunteers who help with this program.
Knitted hats may be dropped off at St. John the Baptist and we will make sure they get to the right place. Thank you for helping!