Woolly Hat Day

The Mission to Seafarers (MTS) celebrated Woolly Hat Day on Sunday, Oct. 18. Woolly hats not only keep seafarers warm, but are a symbol of care and support. There is an army of knitting volunteers both worldwide and here in western Washington, and the collected hats are handed out to seafarers visiting our centers and distributed during our ship visits. Here in in the Diocese of Olympia, Woolly Hat Day kicked off the annual Ditty Bag Drive.

For seafarers, woolly hats or ditty bags make a big difference. To you and I it is a woolly hat or a bar of soap, but to a seafarer it shows that someone ashore is thinking of them and cares enough to go out of their way to help and provide for them in this way. Ditty bags are a way to say "Thank you" to the seafarers on merchant vessels calling at our local ports.

Get involved:

  • Knit hats
  • Donate ditty bag items [List]
  • Make a donation towards the cost of hats and ditty bags
  • Help assemble the ditty bags, Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Church, Seattle

For more information, visit mts-seattle.org or email Chaplaincy Assistant Jake Pass, Jake.Pass@missiontoseafarers.org. Monetary donations are also accepted and go towards the cost of purchasing supplemental supplies to fill up the bags. Each ditty bag costs approximately $21. [Donate]