Ft. Lauderdale Seafarers Give Back


July 2014


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Members Donate Time, Skills to Benefit Local Charity


Seafarers in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., are continuing their tradition of giving back, this time lending a hand in late March to an organization known for its work with the area’s homeless.


SIU Ft. Lauderdale Port Agent Kris Hopkins said members at the hall were eager to take part when they were told local charity LifeNet4Families needed some work done at their nearby headquarters.

“They take care of the homeless and people who don’t have enough to eat. They also help with clothing, personal items, counseling services, legal services and provide an address to receive mail,” Hopkins said of LifeNet4Families. “We work with them a lot. We like that they give back to the community.”


From building fences and railings to painting structures and making repairs, the group of Seafarers had a great time helping an organization that does so much to help those less fortunate.


“We just wanted to help them out in general in any way we could,” Hopkins said. “The members are great. I’ve got a group here that I can call any time and they really enjoy it.”


The SIU’s work with LifeNet4Families doesn’t end there. As in previous years, the Ft. Lauderdale hall is planning on working with the organization this winter for yet another holiday toy drive for needy kids.


Hopkins said it’s all part of being community members.


“We try to give back to the community whenever we have the opportunity,” he said.



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