SEA CONTAINER 2020 UPDATE: Despite locating a warehouse, we have canceled the spring 2020 sea container shipment due to the coronavirus pandemic and also our concerns about the continued unrest in Haiti. We will consider over the coming months whether to attempt a shipment in the fall of 2020. We will have to weigh the pandemic situation in Haiti at that time as part of that decision.
Our Haiti Coordinator worked very hard under difficult conditions to get all the sea containers unloaded in June 2019. We are extremely grateful for all of his help and also the help of U.S. warehouse coordinators Bob & Denise Snyder. Our volunteers were few but were also fantastic. Too, we must thank our friend Chuck Scruggs for connecting us with the warehouse at a point when we desperately needed a location. Thank you!
Warehouse Coordinators : Bob Snyder & Denise Snyder
Coordinator Phone Number: Bob Snyder 931-259-0240 / Denise Snyder 615-464-0456
Home Phone: 615-529-2546 (CALL HOME NUMBER IF UNABLE TO REACH CELL PHONES! They live further out, and their cell phones do not work when they are in their home area.)
COORDINATOR EMAIL: email@example.com (keep their spelling of “feedhatie”)
Coordinator Note(s): They do not use voicemail, so you must reach them on a call.
By the way, you can support their Haiti efforts at their website: www.partnerinhaiti.org
IMPORTANT POLICY CHANGES: (1) Starting in 2019, WE WILL NO LONGER SHIP MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND. We will no longer offer to ship motorcycles. We still do not wish to ship tractors or ATVs or mopeds, etc. (2) PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY ONE ITEM THAT WEIGHS OVER 250 POUNDS. If you want to send a very heavy item, you can call the Coordinator, but we no longer wish to burden our helpers in Haiti with extremely heavy objects.
Shipments are for twin parishes in the Parish Twinning Program only. Shipments can only be charitable goods being sent to a sister parish. NOTE: We will do RANDOM INSPECTIONS of the items and containers gathered for the shipment to be sure that all items are humanitarian cargo which meet that criteria.
IMPORTANT: Boxes must be sturdy and should have a ECT/Edge Crush Test rating of at least 32 pounds per inch (shown on bottom of most boxes). Similar-sized boxes work well. Please write the number on each box (especially if you have different groupings) with that box’s number out of total number of boxes (in that grouping), such as “#3 of 28.” It should match the box number on your label.
Click the Following Links To Obtain Forms–Main files are PDFs requiring Adobe Software; Other files below are Word files which must be downloaded separately and could be filled in by using Word software–though be aware that such editing could be challenging.
To download (save) all seven PDF files at once, click here.
For individual files, click on the links below.
Instructions (PDF file)
Shipment Form (PDF file)
Shipping Cost Worksheet (PDF file)
Label Form (PDF file)
Directions to Warehouse (PDF file)
Suggested Items to Send (PDF file)
Other Shippers to Haiti (PDF file)
If wanting files in Word because you plan to type your information into the forms, download these files:
To download (save) all the Word files at once, click here.
Shipment Form (Word file)
Shipping Cost Worksheet (Word file)
Label Form (Word file)
Note: When opening the Word files, the format may appear jumbled due to the text boxes, etc. This may be the “read-only” view. If you can, click on a box or a command to “enable editing.” This might make the format return to normal.
The Parish Twinning Program has been shipping humanitarian goods to Haiti since 1994. Millions of dollars in medicines, medical supplies and equipment, generators, solar panels, food, school supplies and much more have been donated by U.S. parishes to their twin parishes in Haiti. We gather and forward the goods for our program’s parishes. The shipment has originated since 2002 out of Nashville, Tennessee. National Coordinator Pat Rehovsky from St. Ignatius Church in Antioch, Tennessee has volunteered untold hours in overseeing the organization and shipping of the containers. Some 75 churches, organizations and other groups participate in each shipment, while approximately the same number of parishes and projects in Haiti receive goods.
Our typical annual shipment involves approximately four to seven 40-foot high-cube containers, and it is generally sent in the springtime. A collection period will take place over a two-week period, and the third week is used for loading the containers. Hundreds of parishes, communities and projects in Haiti have benefited from the dedicated work of the Sea Container Coordinator and the many volunteers.