Updates

Warm Hearts = Warm Mittens & Clothes

The children from Come To Learn Creche excitedly display their warm mittens, gloves and goodies received to ward off the cold. These desperately needed gifts were received from one of our guests staying at African Game Lodge who “Packed for a Purpose”. This little creche operating out a container, keeps the children safe whilst their... Continue reading

Canadians Pack for a Purpose in Curacao

We are delighted to share this story posted by our participant, Avila Beach Hotel on Curacao. Our belief that travelers can add meaning to their trips and make a Big Impact is constantly affirmed by stories like this. Meet our hotel guest Laura Batey from Flamborough Travel Plus (Canada). She and 19 escorting women visited... Continue reading

PfaP Portraits

Pack for a Purpose is delighted to welcome our new intern, Reina Murayama. Reina is a senior English major at N.C. State. She received her first degree from Keio University in Japan and spent the next thirteen years in the corporate world. When her husband was moved to Raleigh in 2013, Reina decided to go... Continue reading

Giving That Changes the World… and You

“Are we gonna take all this stuff?” my kids asked as the pile of donations on our counter grew. After years of far flung trips with their travel junkie parents, the boys had learned to abide by our no mercy rule of packing light, which I mastered out of necessity during my years of writing... Continue reading

Terrific PfaP experience in Thailand!

My wife, 10-year-old son, 13-year-old daughter and I climbed off the train onto the hot platform of the Udon Thani station having just completed the 9 hour journey from Bangkok on a second class car.  We were conspicuous not only as travelers with back packs, but also, by the four additional large suitcases we were... Continue reading

PfaP Receives a Thumbs-Up from ‘Down Under’

At Pack for a Purpose, we believe that every trip can go farther than the miles you travel. PfaP founder Rebecca Rothney spoke with Natalie Peters from the Australian radio station 2GB  in Sydney to discuss how travelers worldwide can make a Big Impact on their next vacation by simply taking requested supplies to the... Continue reading

PfaP Enriches Homecoming in Nepal

    It was a rainy morning in Arlington when I opened up my emails as usual, expecting nothing more than the handful of junk emails, daily news updates, and my Uber receipt from the previous night. I disinterestedly scrolled through a few of the subject lines and then like a surprise from an old... Continue reading

Generous Guests of Giltedge Make a Big Impact

Giltedge Africa supports the Jikeleza Dance Project. This month we visited Jikeleza to hand over bags of much-needed clothes and school supplies (around 40kg in total), all thanks to the generosity of our travelers who Packed for a Purpose. Our most recent donations included girls’ and boys’ clothes, English dictionaries, stationery and art supplies. A... Continue reading

No Hiding the Generosity of these PfaP Travelers in Zimbabwe

We came across this post on Facebook and are delighted to share with you the gratitude of The Hide and the Big Impact their guests have made in the local community. We are SO thankful to so many of our wonderful guests at the Hide who have brought endless amounts of materials for the children... Continue reading