"" Writer's Wanderings: Cruise Lines Lend Helping Hands

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cruise Lines Lend Helping Hands

We have been on many ships on a variety of cruise lines and often found that the crew supports a favorite charity usually involving one or more of the ports that they visit. Sometimes they mention it to passengers in case they too, would like to give. It's never been pushed or overdone and often is something the passengers are not even aware of.

I ran across this post from a Holland America ship, Volendam. They were refurbishing and donated a roomful of furniture to a Boy Scout troop for a fundraiser. Boy Scouts are near and dear to my heart. One of my sons is an Eagle Scout.

On one cruise, the memory fades or I would tell you the line and ship, they collected monies to give to some school children for school supplies. I remember it being in a county where at the end of the cruise you have all this loose change in "funny money"--not enough to really justify exchanging for U.S. It was the perfect opportunity to get rid of it and give to a good cause.

Next time you are cruising ask someone if the crew has an ongoing charity they are giving to. It might be something you would want to help out with. Who needs a pocket full of "funny money?"

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