Many thanks to the Reverend Peter Smyth, Senior Port Chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers (MtS) for submitting these photos of the annual Christmas gift delivery.
Due to the inclement weather that hobbled the Greater Vancouver Area (and further afield than that) on the days leading up to December 25, the delivery of more than 1500 gifts to 70 ships in and around Vancouver harbour had to be postponed for a week. Saturday, December 31, 2022, was a much milder day with limited wind and precipitation.
The outstanding ministry of MtS continues and the Reverend Smyth and his team wish to thank all who donated to the Christmas at Sea Appeal for 2022, an initiative that brings joy to seafarers.
In the note accompanying these photos Peter wrote:
“What stands out when we go to the ships is the seafarers appreciation and that someone cares. When we give them the gifts particularly when on the ships while there at anchorage we see and hear the joy."