The Ministry to Seafarers (M2S)

Christmas Parcels

Each year, M2S runs a Christmas Parcel Drive in the hope of giving each seafarer who visits the Port of Montreal during the month of December a small gift as a token of the love of God, and a means of celebrating with them God's greatest gift, Jesus Christ.

Guidelines for Making Parcels

Please place items in a sturdy, fabric gift bag (about 12" W x 15" H).  Fill your bag with both practical items and treats. A card with a personal note, although optional, is always most appreciated by seafarers. Note: Normally dollar stores carry Christmas-themed bags and these are suitable for our purposes.

If you'd like to sew a bag, please use the guidelines in the How to Make a Drawstring bag video. While we have no affiliation with the person who made this video, it's perfect for our context and will help ensure that all bags are the same size. The only change we suggest is beginning with a piece of fabric that measures 14" x 32" in order to end up with a finished product of 12" x 15".
To ensure that parcels are of similar value, we ask that you follow the following guidelines as closely as possible:

  1. Fill a bag (about 12" W x 15" H) completely. It is better to have a small full bag than a half empty big bag.
  2. Enclose a Christmas card with a personal note and your name (and email address if you’re comfortable doing so). Some of those who receive these gifts like to acknowledge them.
  3. Parcel contents DOs and DON'Ts: Do enclose one or more of the following new items: scarf, toque, gloves, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, calendar, packaged candy or chocolate, aftershave lotion, face cloth, playing cards, unscented or mild scented soap, a picture frame (no glass), a small souvenir of Canada, etc. Pandemic-friendly items like a face mask or small bottle of sanitizer are acceptable as well. Please don't include office supplies.

We sometimes receive parcels that contain used items. Please prepare this parcel like you were giving it as a gift to someone you personally know and love. 
A Word About Women Seafarers
There are very few women in the shipping industry. We rarely need to give women's parcels, and when we do, M2S has a small budget to make such parcels as needed. Therefore, we ask that you please do not send any parcels for women.

Free Parcel Drop-Off Locations

Details for the 2020 Christmas Parcel drive will be announced in October.

Due Date

We accept parcels all the way through December. The earlier the better - we start handing out parcels the last week of November (for those ships we know will be out to sea over Christmas.) However, we give out parcels sometimes into the first week of January (for the ships we missed who were out to sea over Christmas.)

Mailing Parcels

You can drop off parcels at our centre in the Old Port of Montreal from Mon-Fri (12-6 PM) or you can send them by courrier/regular mail.

When sending the parcels by delivery service, address box(es) to:
Mariners' House/The Ministry to Seafarers
Grand Quai de Montréal
200 rue de la Commune Ouest
Montreal QC H2Y 4B2

When sending by Canada Post:
The Ministry to Seafarers of the CRC
PO Box 128, Place D’Armes
Montreal, QC H2Y 3E9
Christmas parcel bag craft
Volunteer sews bags
Christmas parcels in the break room
Christmas parcel delivery to seafarers
Classis Quinte Christmas parcel pick up
J'm Mtl prepares Christmas parcels


Poster with space to add your own details:
Hand-out/Bulletin Insert/Flyer (2 pages):

"May the joy of Christmas and blessing of the Lord always be with you. Gestures of love and affection from people like you could make the world a much better place to be in. It’s possible [through acts such as yours] to bring back the lost paradise back to earth."

- Antony J. Mull, 2nd Officer, MT Acor

"I was sailing over Christmas...lonely Christmas morning. Until I opened the door to start my day and was so surprised to see a wrapped present waiting for me! I cannot even begin to express how incredibly moved I was to have been thought of that morning. It truly warmed my heart and brought me such joy!"

- ULS Sailor Girl -

"I am a seafarers' wife, sailing with him...We had a good get together on Christmas onboard thereafter we were given the beautiful gifts sent by U. It was indeed a great, great gesture on your part to make Christmas so special for all those who r far, far away from their families.
I extend a very warm Thanks to U all for Ur labour of love! Best regards."

- Seafarers' wife, M.V. Mississauga Express -