HOW CAN I HELP? 

Around Thanksgiving of every year, we give every seafarer a ditty bag which includes many personal hygiene items, a Christian tract, and watch cap. We appreciate your willingness to donated items, sew ditty bags, or knit crown caps. Your gift will be a tangible expression of the love of Jesus Christ. For many, this will be the only gift they will receive. As you work on this project please pray for the seafaers and those who work at Anchor House. It is only through prayer support that others will be able to find Jesus Christ as the only anchor for their soul which is firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19)

We try to include about 10 of the following suggested items in each bag: shampoo/conditioner, disposable razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, lip balm, tissue packets, fingernail clippers, emery boards, bar soap, deodorant, aftershave, hand lotion, white tube socks, note pads, pens, pencils. (Sample sizes of personal items are extremely good and some items can be purchased at Wal-Mart for less than $1 each.) Cash donations are also welcome. 

To sew ditty bags:

  • Cut scrap material approximately 12 inches by 21 inches.
  • Fold it over and seam the sides.
  • Turn down the top 1/2 inch and seam.
  • Insert a single 25″ draw string in the top.
  • The bag should be not less than 10 inches by 10 inches when completed.
We include a knitted watch cap in every ditty bag for the seafarers. Many areas and nights are cold, so they are very much appreciated. 

KNIT A WATCH CAP:

knit-a-watch-cap-instructions (pdf)

 

CROCHET A WATCH CAP:

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFTS OF ANY OF THE ABOVE ITEMS THAT HELP US ASSEMBLE MORE THAN 500 DITTY BAGS EACH HOLIDAY SEASON.