From Travelers

Chris & Melissa’s Story

We have made several Pack for a Purpose trips and it never ceases to amaze us. Not only is it so easy to give to those in need, but you meet incredible people along the way. This time, we ended up in beautiful Dominica, the nature island of the Caribbean. We brought a suitcase full... Continue reading

Patricia and Henry Jackson’s Story

Patricia Jackson (second from left) and Henry Jackson (third from left) Months before we booked our 2016 cruise, my wife Patricia and I started filling our go bag with PfaP items. In April 2016 we made a decision that our transportation was going to be Holland American’s Koningsdam. Once the cruise was reserved, we made... Continue reading

Toni’s Story

I was invited to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend a wedding and to visit the Masai Mara safari. When I booked my flights, I noticed the standard baggage allowance included two 23-kg. cases. I began research for my trip and unexpectedly come across the Pack for a Purpose website. Once I had seen the website, it... Continue reading

Mary’s Story

Six of us signed up for a trip to the Galápagos and our travel company, Ecoventura, let us know about Pack for a Purpose. I learned that one of the projects was for a special education classroom, and I couldn’t wait to collect the supplies needed and encourage my fellow travelers to do the same.... Continue reading

Ann’s Story

This is our second year of participating in the Pack for a Purpose Program. Last year, we brought school supplies and toothbrushes to Kandavu Island, Fiji. What a privilege to pay it forward. The smiles and gratitude from the children is truly priceless. This year we chose the British Virgin Islands and the Green VI... Continue reading

Alana’s Story

In September 2016, I was planning a trip with my boyfriend to Bali, Indonesia. I was reading a few blogs and found a write-up about Pack for a Purpose. I did some research and instantly fell in love with the idea. We got in contact with the lady who is volunteering to teach English at... Continue reading

Elly’s Story

Our travel agency informed us about the Pack for a Purpose project. We found a school project on our trip through Rajasthan, India. I contacted Pack for a Purpose’s founder, Rebecca Rothney, and she connected me with Sunayana, who is the contact person for Dundlod Fort. They support the Indo International School in Dundlod, which... Continue reading

Terri’s Story

As a lifelong travel agent, I have always felt travelers would like to “help” the community they visit; but they do not know what to bring or where to donate it. Pack for a Purpose offered that opportunity for me this past November! I was on a cruise to West African ports that are growing... Continue reading

The Perfect Hostess Gift

When I founded Pack for a Purpose seven years ago, I never thought of the initiative as a charity. For me, it was, and is, about providing travelers with the information they need to take the perfect hostess gift for the community they are visiting. Gratitude and graciousness pack easily. They take up no space... Continue reading

Sherellia’s Story

Little did we know, some of our vacation time would turn into a spiritual experience. As we prepared for a trip of a lifetime to South Africa from the United States, our group decided to incorporate a service element. We researched opportunities on giving back with traveling and came across Little Eden Place, a home... Continue reading