August 2012

Heather Frank

Through the Sandals foundation, I read about the Pack for a Purpose program. When my 8-year old daughter, Gabriella, heard that some of the local primary schools didn’t have enough supplies for their students, she set out on a mission. Gabriella filled a small suitcase with crayons, pencils, coloring books, children’s books, games, and a... Continue reading

PfaP’s Partners Participate!

Vacationing won’t ever quite be the same now that we’ve Packed For A Purpose. I run, an online marketplace for great deals on luxury vacations. I know vacations. I am at 25 countries and 34 states and love finding the next off the beaten path place to explore. Like many first-world travelers, I’ve always... Continue reading

Susan Calandra’s Story

I’ve been doing medical missions as a physical therapist over the past two years and started a blog to increase awareness called As I was planning a trip to Costa Rica with my daughter and 3 other couples, my 14 year old asked what we could do to help in Costa Rica. That’s when... Continue reading

Connected by Kindness

What happens when you combine the efforts of juvenile justice professionals, delinquent minors, and caring community members in Anchorage, Alaska? An opportunity to change lives in Laos happens. After traveling to Laos last January, connecting with Pack for a Purpose and Rivertime Ecolodge’s Barnaby Evans, it became obvious that the space designated for the children’s library at Dong Bang... Continue reading

PfaP Once, PfaP Twice

Having supported Pack for a Purpose previously, when I was informed I would be taking a trip to the Maldives with my work I looked straight away to see if there was a project being supported in the area. I found the Vilu Reef resort was supporting a local school. Although I would not be... Continue reading

Student to Student

This year the students at the Zurich International School in Switzerland decided to Pack for a Purpose. One of the teachers at the school received a copy of the article featuring Pack for a Purpose in the November issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, from her sister in the United States. After reading it, she... Continue reading

Voluminous Volunteer Hours

Since Pack for a Purpose first went live on the web December 17, 2009, the dedicated individuals of our all volunteer organization have generously given over 5,100 hours of their time! They have created in the words of travel guru Peter Greenberg A great resource. Our talented volunteers continue to make our website current and... Continue reading

Generous Guests in Laos

When I first heard about Pack for a Purpose I thought it was a wonderful idea and may encourage guests to bring a few stationery supplies for the local schools while also giving a bit of extra publicity to our ecolodge resort, Rivertime Ecolodge Resort, about 30 km outside Vientiane, Laos. However, during the almost... Continue reading