Holland America Line, one of the Port of San Diego's homeported cruise lines, is known worldwide for its high standards of service and wide choice of cruise itineraries. The cruise line is also known as a community service provider, donating funds to breast cancer research, conducting blood drives, collecting toys for underprivileged children and participating in many other charitable causes. The company's latest philanthropic endeavor is a program titled Ship to Shelter, and is designed to donate reusable goods to those in need.
Ship to Shelter kicks off in San Diego this Friday, and the Port of San Diego is a proud participant in it. Reusable goods will include individual-sized toiletries and may also include such items as cookware, silverware, dishes, televisions and more. Holland America Line and the Port of San Diego will host a press conference announcing the program at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6, on the north side of the B Street Pier. The cruise ship ms Statendam will be in port that day with a collection of items to be donated.
The Port and Holland America Line will be working with the Alpha Project to distribute the reusable goods to individuals and families in need. Alpha Project is a nonprofit human services organization that provides assistance to over 2,000 local men, women and children each day.
Items will be offloaded weekly from Holland America Line cruises that sail from the Port of San Diego. Currently there are four vessels, the ms Statendam, ms Ryndam, ms Zaandam and the ms Oosterdam that offer cruises from the Port of San Diego during the yearly cruise season, which runs from October to April.
Holland America Line introduced the Ship to Shelter program in Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida, on January 23, 2009. The program was also launched recently in Seattle, Washington.