SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - There's over 400 Maritime Bethels in major port cities all around the globe. For 200 years, there's been a tradition to give gifts to seafarers thousands of miles from home on Christmas Day.
Thursday night, the tradition lived on in Savannah.
Volunteers gathered at Garden City United Methodist Church to eat and prepare and wrap gifts for over 300 seafarers.
"To go aboard and give these little gifts to seafarers who are also away from home and to be able to bond with them. It's just joy because they are so thankful. Even to the point of tears," said Maritime Bethel of Savannah Chaplain Andrew Krey.
All of the gifts packaged Thursday will be handed to the chief officer to be distributed on Christmas Day.