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Clergy bear holiday gifts for isolated crew members

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Hellen Tataren, a volunteer with the Mission to Seafarers in Vancouver, wraps socks as Christmas gifts for sailors on December 14, 2012.

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A boat loaded with gifts is readied in Vancouver's harbour on Christmas Eve, 2012, before setting out to deliver Christmas gifts to seafarers.

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Reverend Nick Parker, in a boat loaded with gifts, makes his way out to ships anchored in Vancouver's outer harbour.

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The Mission to Seafarers boat approaches a ship in Vancouver's outer harbour.

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Crew on a ship anchored in Vancouver's outer harbour make their way back up the gangway after receiving Christmas gifts from Mission to Seafarers volunteers.

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A very happy crew waves and smiles and receiving Christmas gifts from Mission to Seafarers.

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More happy crew members. The Mission to Seafarers was founded in 1856 and is a world-wide Anglican ministry, according to its Canadian website.

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Ships' crews around the world enjoy the generosity of the Mission to Seafarers.

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Reverend Nick Parker blessed a ship anchored in Vancouver's outer harbour while delivering Christmas gifts to Seafarers on Christmas Eve, 2012

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