Jekyll Island, Georgia, is very close to the Port of Brunswick. The RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) Terminal at Colonel’s Island is the third busiest port in the United States for total RoRo cargo (vehicle imports and exports). Huge car carriers come into port several times a week. The terminal also hosts one of the largest deepwater agri-bulk operations in the United States South Atlantic region. The International Seafarers’ Center (ISC), a 501(C)(3) Christian non-profit charity, provides a safe harbor for all these merchant mariners traveling through the Port of Brunswick.
During the holiday season, the ISC gives a present to each cargo vessel crew member when they are in port. This project is called Christmas-at-Sea and the goal is to provide some holiday cheer to seafarers while they are away from their families. Each present consists of 15 donated items in a gift wrapped shoe box. The donations are based on a list provided by the ISC and include clothing, stationary, toiletries, non-perishable food, and health products. Given the volume of donations required to meet the need, the collection of boxes and items starts in August.
The Jekyll Island Lions Club again this year has offered to collect donations and boxes on behalf of the Christmas-at-Sea effort. The clubs’ donations will be stored at Lion Gaye’s house until they are delivered to the ISC. Gift presentations start on 24 November so donations can be made unitl then.