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Much of the time our office is locked, because we are out visiting seafarers on their ships.

Donations may NOT be left unattended outside the Center, because of security considerations and lease regulations.

To schedule a delivery at a time when someone will be present, please call 410.685.1240. Thank you!

Donations are typically carried by retirees. Please, magazine bags need to be fairly light and not in danger of breaking open! Please double-bag and tie plastic grocery bags shut. Fill paper bags only about half-full. If you are planning to hand off more than a couple of bags (to Mary Davisson or a Center volunteer), please first call 410.685.1240 to see whether we have space.

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The Baltimore International Seafarers' Center welcomes your prayers, selected reading matter, and selected men's clothing. For more information, please call 410-685-1240.

Yes, please:

Also, we can use action/adventure videos and DVD's (new ships can't play cassettes).

Books (except for Bibles) are less often requested, but some seafarers do appreciate action/thriller novels, as well as books about Baltimore or the U.S.

No, thanks:

For clothing, the primary need is men's jeans, other sturdy pants (but not extra large) or shorts, T-shirts, outerwear, hats and gloves, and non-skid shoes/boots, in good condition only. If you have questions about appropriate items, please call 410-685-1240. Please bag securely, in quantities which can be easily lifted by retirees --no torn bags, over-stuffed bags, bags in danger of tearing, please! If you want to donate more than one garbage bag full, please first call 410-685-1240 to see whether we have space.

No women's or children's items, underwear/socks (except unopened packages), rags, slippery shoes, etc.