Lauderdale Seafarers Give Back to Community


February 2015


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Whether they’re voluntarily repairing local homes in the summer or donating toys for kids around the winter holidays, SIU members in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, have a strong tradition of service.


That legacy remained evident late last year as Seafarers showed their generosity by contributing $1,500 worth of toys to LifeNet4Families of Broward County, a local community services organization. The SIU also teamed up with other affiliates of the Greater South Florida Maritime Trades Council in making a monetary donation to LifeNet4Families.


“The SIU members here really stepped up during the holiday season, as they always do,” said Port Agent Kris Hopkins, who organized the union’s participation. “Both with the toy drive and the donation, I think all the volunteers simply wanted to do something to help those who aren’t as fortunate as we are.”


He added, “We have worked with LifeNet for years and know what a good job it does in the community. They provide meals and a pantry for those in need as well as employment support and family counseling, among other services.”


Hopkins said approximately 50 Seafarers chipped in for the toy drive, and he noted this was the fourth straight year the union participated.

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