Cargo ship crews spend months at a time away from home, often completely out of touch with loved ones. Their lives can be uncomfortable, lonely, and even dangerous, and they tend to be a forgotten population.

Our annual Ditty Bag Project is one way we thank these people for all they do to bring us goods and produce from all over the world. A ditty bag offers some practical gifts and treats, from toiletries to toothpaste to candy, and – just as important – it is an expression of thanks and encouragement. For many seafarers, this is the only gift they will receive during the holidays.

We are grateful to so many churches, businesses, and individuals who contribute to the Ditty Bag Project. Please contact if you would like to participate or if you have any questions.


  • Hats and scarves in dark colors
  • Work socks, work gloves
  • ChapStick
  • Nail clippers
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Playing cards
  • Hand lotion
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Comb
  • Pen & writing paper
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Hard or boxed candy, gum, cough drops