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Shoebox Christmas



During the months of November and December, Seafarers’ House hopes to hand out as many as 3,000 wrapped shoeboxes filled with socks, toiletries, and holiday cheer to the seafarers who come from all over the world into our Port Everglades. They are all so very far away from home and family during the holidays and these small gifts mean so much!


And we need your help starting right NOW to prepare!

Download our Wish List Here 





Drives - Organize a drive at your workplace, school, church or club to collect some of the needed items on our SHOPPING LIST - then drop them off at Seafarers’ House for other volunteers to sort and pack into decorated shoeboxes. 


Consider a Shoebox Christmas sponsorship!

Sponsorship are available that include recognition inside of each underwritten shoebox.  Contact the Development office at 954-734-1580 or


Don't have time to shop? Make a monetary donation! 

Underwrite the cost of these special gifts. 

  • $12 supports the cost of a wrapped shoebox gifts of toiletry and important items to mariners.
  • $22 supports the cost of a complete shoebox gift plus $10 Sim Card to help a mariner connect with their family

100% of your donation will go towards needed items for the shoebox delivery or the purchase of phone cards (at a special discount) to include inside every shoebox. The importance of that phone call home to loved ones at Christmas cannot be overstated!  

Shoebox Wrappers

This is a great group OR individual project that’s fun! Start by collecting clean standard sized (approx. 11” X 7”) ADULT SHOE BOXES from local shoe stores. Wrap or paint and decorate the box and the lid separately so that the lid can be removed for security inspections.

Complete Boxes

Collect all of the items on our SHOPPING LIST and fill your own decorated shoeboxes! Just remember we need to keep all shoeboxes “equally wonderful” therefore please include all the listed standard items and do not overfill. Fill one shoebox and wrap it up…or organize a whole drive!

Drop off Location

Call (954) 734-1580 to arrange to DROP OFF your loose items, decorated boxes or complete boxes.

These are the STANDARD items we want to include in each wrapped shoe box.


New items only, please! 


  1. Athletic White Socks
  2. Combs
  3. Deodorant
  4. Disposable razors
  5. Shampoo    
  6. Shaving Cream
  7. Soap/Shower Gel
  8. Toothbrushes
  9. Toothpaste
  10. Pencils/Pens
  11. Pencil sharpeners

Download our Wish List Here 



Shoebox Christmas Sponsorship Opportunities

Flyer for Boxes





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