A new program to help those in need kicked off along the Embarcadero on March 6, 2009. The Port of San Diego is participating with Holland America Line’s Ship to Shelter program, a philanthropic endeavor which donates items from cruise ships to homeless shelters. Items include pots, pans, plates, books, televisions, individual-sized lotion and shampoo.
The donations will go to downtown San Diego’s Alpha Project, a nonprofit human services organization that provides assistance to over 2,000 local men, women and children each day.
“This is a great opportunity for the Port to work with Holland America and the Alpha Project, which the Port has supported for more thank 10 years to help people in need,” said Stephen P. Cushman, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners.
Items will be offloaded weekly from Holland America Line cruise ships that sail from the Port of San Diego. Currently there are four vessels, the Statendam, Ryndam, Zaandam and the Oosterdam that offer cruises from the Port of San Diego during the yearly cruise season, which runs from October to April.
“I hope that hotels and other cruise lines will be inspired to join in the Ship to Shelter program in these days of need,” Cushman said.
Holland America Line introduced the Ship to Shelter program in Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida, in January, 2008. The program was also recently launched in Seattle, Washington.
You can watch a video about the program here. Be patient — the video might take a minute to load.