Last week at a press conference at Fort Lauderdale, Holland America Line and Port Everglades debuted Ship to Shelter, an innovative community charitable program designed to donate valuable and reusable goods from the line’s cruise ships to local people in need. Holland America first launched Ship to Shelter in April 2008 in partnership with the Port of Seattle in Washington and is expanding the program to Port Everglades.
Partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Cooperative Feeding Broward, Port Everglades will work with the cruise line to donate items from its ships that regularly call at Port Everglades. The goods will be distributed to individuals and families in need by Cooperative Feeding Broward.
In addition to weekly donations of individual-sized toiletries, Holland America Line periodically will provide items such as towels, linens, dishes, cookware, silverware, televisions and mattresses. The program kicked off in South Florida Jan. 23 with Noordam, Maasdam, Westerdam and Eurodam providing hundreds of items that otherwise would have been discarded.
Holland America Line will continue to donate other items from various Port Everglades–based ships from January through April and October through December each year.
Cooperative Feeding Broward is a nonprofit, award-winning organization that provides hot daily meals, a family food box, showers, mail room, phone lines, food stamps, clothing, counseling, back-to-school supplies and more to locals in need.
Following are three video clips of the press conference held on the pier at Port Everglades.