Families

Packing for a Purpose is a wonderful family activity that all members can participate in. When families choose to Pack for a Purpose, it enhances their trip by creating more meaningful memories. Gratitude is a lesson well- modeled at even the earliest of ages.

Jan’s Story

  Our family travel always includes the opportunity to give back to the region we visit. When we first started this giving lesson with our kids over twenty years ago, it was hard to find an opportunity to deliver backpacks full of school supplies. Today, the internet has opened up avenues to make the task of... Continue reading

The Martin Family’s Story

Once our family became involved with Pack for a Purpose, we knew we wanted to participate every time we traveled. We started planning a trip to Aruba long ago. This time, my brother and I collected funds from friends to pool with our own and went shopping for items on the request list posted by... Continue reading

Eagle Scout Project Benefits Women and Children in Peru

This past spring my family and I decided to take a trip to visit our friends in Lima, Peru.  I thought this might be a good opportunity to work on the service project I needed to finish my Eagle Scout rank. I really wanted to do something to help underprivileged children and make a positive... Continue reading

Rakhie Rosiek’s Story

Freddy Gomes the participant from Mindelo Apartments on Cape Verde Islands helped us connect with Ari who runs the project they support, Xplicaçao de Ari. I felt very blessed my children and I had the opportunity to meet the children he helps. Ari is an amazing person. He helps children with extra lessons for free.... Continue reading

The Martin Family’s Story

It is always wonderful to see travelers who choose to make Packing for a Purpose part of all of their journeys. We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Alex Martin and her family for being such travelers. Below is a compilation of their three experiences Packing for a Purpose in the Caribbean and the... Continue reading

From Canada to Costa Rica, A Family’s Meaningful PfaP Journey

When we first started planning our family vacation to Costa Rica in March 2016, we knew that in addition to exploring this beautiful country we also wanted to help out in some capacity. We started to do some research online and came across an organization called Pack for a Purpose. There were several projects listed... Continue reading

Girl Scouts Give Generously in the Turks & Caicos

We live in New Jersey! Our two families decided to take a trip together to Beaches Turks and Caicos in the beginning of May of 2016.  We had been talking about all the fun we were going to have for months before.  My mom went on Trip Advisor and read some reviews.  We had been... 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

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