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For Sailors During Christmas, a Network of Gifts

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For Sailors During Christmas, a Network of Gifts

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For Sailors During Christmas, a Network of Gifts

For Sailors During Christmas, a Network of Gifts

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Christmas at sea can be a lonely time. But each year the Seamen's Church delivers holiday packages to sailors around the world. Every year, many merchant mariners are forced to spend the holidays at sea.

And every year since 1848, the group has tried to bring the comforts of home to sailors. Volunteers from around the country join forces to offer practical gifts like calendars, shoelaces, and hand-knitted hats and scarves.

The annual effort at American ports reaches thousands of sailors every year.

Reporter Matt Hackworth checks out the holiday plans aboard the car-carrier ship Fuji.