Image being an international seafarer on a shipping vessel that arrives in the Port of Houston.  You're far from home, family, and friends during Christmas in another country.  Maybe you can't even leave the vessel due to U.S. Customs regulations or because you're working to load and unload import and export cargo from their vessel.
For the second year, Kingwood Rotary partnered with the First Presbyterian Church-Kingwood on their "Seafarer's Gift Boxes" Project which they've being doing for several years.  This project makes a huge impact for these international seafarers.
Special thanks to Kingwood Rotarian Richard Briggs for sharing this project idea with our club.  Also, a huge thank you to Former Texas State Representative Joe Crabb, and his amazing wife, Nancy, for speaking to our club and sharing their passion for this project.
Below is a thank you note from one of the recipients which express his appreciation for this project:
"Hello, my name is Denis, I am from Russia, I am a sailor.  Vessel Muhut.  We came to the port of Houston and received a gift and Merry Christmas from you.  I was very pleased to receive your gift and congratulations.  For a Russian person, it is very surprising that people do not forget about others, even those they do not know.  I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to you.  For me, a gift is not as important as attention, and especially in another country.  Although I myself am an atheist, I would like to wish you success in your business.  And maybe someday I will change my point of view about God. I hope someday our countries will become friends and I will be able to visit your amazing country with my family. Thanks again to your entire community.  Merry Christmas!"