August 2016

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

Teaching Our Children The Art of Giving

My husband and I find giving much more rewarding than receiving. We are trying to teach our children that being happy and living surrounded by love are more important than any material object you can buy. We are trying to teach them that it is important to help those around us when we can. If... Continue reading

Miles and Sue’s Story

Our recent trip to Costa Rica took us to the wonderful area of Ojochal and Uvita.  We once again enjoyed touring beautiful Costa Rica and enjoyed getting to know many new people.  We dropped our school supplies off at Uvita 360.  The management informed us that they would be put to good use in a... Continue reading

Lana’s Story

Through Pack for a Purpose, I discovered Peace Matunda, a fantastic school/orphanage in Tanzania. My husband and I brought bags of school supplies and a few soccer balls, but we took incredible, lifelong memories with us in exchange. We spent over a week volunteering and teaching at the family-run orphanage. We can’t wait to go... Continue reading

Sydney’s Story

Before I began preparing for a two-week study abroad program in Peru, I had never heard of the organization Pack for a Purpose. However, I was more than happy to find some room in my already full suitcase after learning a little about the program from my study abroad instructor. Pack for a Purpose works... 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