Tis’ the Season for Community Outreach at Port Houston


Port Houston continued its tradition of giving back to the community this holiday season though the Angel Tree program and preparing care packages for seafarers. 

More than forty Angels, identified by The Salvation Army as children and seniors in need, were sponsored by more than 100 Port Houston employees. “Receiving a specific individual to sponsor this holiday season significantly increased our end-of-the-year giving, as it created a more personal connection for our team members,” said Leslie Herbst, community relations director at Port Houston.

As part of Chairman Longoria’s final Citizen Advisory Council meeting, she and council members filled and wrapped boxes containing personal, toiletry and other useful items as part of the Shoeboxes for Seafarers program. The program, which has been operating for more than 40 years, is organized by the Houston International Seafarers’ Center, which serves as a home away from home for mariners that work aboard ocean-going vessels. “We are delighted to help spread holiday cheer to visiting seafarers, as many long-time mariners look forward to calling our port during the Christmas-giving season,” said Herbst. 

Throughout the year, Port Houston strives to provide outreach programming that brings value to the community and engages Port Houston team members in unique and memorable ways.

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