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‘Tis the Season of Community Giving: Part 2

The season of giving brings many opportunities to help others in need.

Holland America Line recently joined forces with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association for their annual Holiday Gift Project that brings gifts to needy children at calls on cruise itineraries in the Caribbean. This year alone, the FCCA together with participating cruise lines will change the lives of close to 7,000 under-privileged children in 33 destinations.

During a call at Curacao, Noordam brought Santa, elves and gifts to 200 children who live on the island.

Noordam bringing Christmas to the kids of Curacao.

Noordam brought Christmas to the kids of Curacao.

Noordam bringing Christmas to the kids of Curacao.

Noordam brought Christmas to the kids of Curacao.

Noordam’s Santa team had a fun-filled day full of laughs and good will. Everyone returned to the ship with a smile on their face and a heart filled with the spirit of Christmas. — Human Resources Manager Amy

Ryndam‘s team also brought holiday cheer to local children at Costa Maya, Mexico, through the FCCA program.

From left: International Concierge Silvia Ascoy, Santa Claus (aka Jason  Andrew Brenner) and Culinary Clerk Ireneus Aditya.

From left: International Concierge Silvia Ascoy, Santa Clause (aka Jason Andrew Brenner) and Culinary Clerk Ireneus Aditya present a child from Costa Maya with a Christmas gift.

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The officer’s wives on Ryndam got into the spirit of giving by holding a “Cash Donations for Gift Wrapping” just before Christmas, with all proceeds going to typhoon relief in the Philippines.

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And Kristin, the techspert in the Digital Workshop powered by Windows on Noordam, has a great sense of community giving and enjoys doing good deeds in port. She wrote about her experiences on the Digital Workshop blog.

One of my favorite and most rewarding activities to do off the ship is to be able to volunteer my time to help some of the local environmental charities that our ships go to on some ports of call. Many of these ports of call have amazing natural resources that guests come on a cruise to experience and I believe it is only right that we should help where we can to help support these beautiful and amazing places. As well as helping out the local environments it is also a wonderful way to bond with fellow crew member as well as get to know the locals of the places we visit whom we wouldn’t have normally met.

She also participated in the beach clean-up at Bonaire mentioned in Part 1 of this post. And during the Alaska season, a group of crew members went to the Sitka Raptor Center, a rehabilitation and education center for native Alaskan birds, where they cleared out the walking trail that visitors use to stroll through their grounds.

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May the spirit of giving last throughout the year.

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